You only get one chance to make a first impression.
Your CV is typically your first contact with a potential employer – and you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

This is your opportunity to sell yourself – you need to convince the recruiter or employer that you should be invited to an interview. Show-case your skills and strengths, highlighting why these are relevant to the role.

Your CV should be based on the job you are applying for and the person specification for the role. One size does NOT fit all situations – so think about what the employer will be looking for.

Gather useful information like:

the job advert
the job description
a person specification
company details
your qualifications
details about your past employers
details about your past jobs or volunteering experience
evidence of training courses you’ve completed
You can use this information to show how your skills and experience match what the employer wants. You should tailor your CV to suit the job description and the company.

The sections of a CV are relatively standard – so make sure you keep it up to date.

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