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In order to stand out to a recruiter, your CV needs to be well structured, clear and with correct punctuation. If a recruiter is going to choose between CVs, a simple spelling mistake may be the deciding factor so be sure to check through thoroughly!
Things that are important to have in a CV are your contact details (mobile telephone and home telephone numbers as well as your email), a personal summary of your experience and what you’re looking for in a job role, your work experience, education and voluntary work.
If you have not had a paid role before, it could be better to put your education and grades first as this would be your strongest experience. However, if you have any voluntary or paid work experience make sure you put it at the top of your CV as it will set you apart from other applicants. It would also be advisable to do some voluntary work, even for just a few days as this would make a great difference on your CV.
Make sure you list your most recent work experience first as this is what recruiters will look out for. It is important to list the name of your position in the company as well as the name of the company and the dates you worked there. In this section, try and incorporate your responsibilities and what skills you achieved from each of your roles.
In terms of education, also put your most recent education first, such as University. Always put your results whether they are attained or expected. Also, if you are at University, there is not really any need to write down each of your GCSE’s – it simply just takes up space on a page. If you have A-Levels or have gotten into University, the recruiter will assume you have good GCSE’s.
Include all projects you may have done at school or at University as this will show that you have good management, organisational and time management skills – which is what recruiters look for.
My last tip would be to keep your CV as 1-2 pages. Don’t waffle and keep sentences simple. Also using bullet points or subheadings is a good idea as the format of the CV is equally as important.
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