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Have a good CV

When setting out your CV you should be aware that people reviewing your resume only take a quick glance at it before they move on to the next one; one simple unthoughtful point, and your CV will find itself in the bin.


Personal Information
Personal information is not relevant for your prospective employee in respect of your ability to do the job your are applying for. Whether you are married, single, 24, 54 black or white this is not what qualifies you for the job so leave it out. This also includes a picture of yourself. your experience or qualifications are what sells you not


Unprofessional E-mail Address
If you only have the one email address which is along the lines of I suggest you set yourself a separate one up with your name to add to your CV for employers to contact you on. Even if you think your prospective employers may find this a little amusing no-one is looking to employee a clown!


Money money money
I remember a lot of CV’s I got in the late 90’s and they often disclosed current wages. Obviously this was to let your prospective employer know a ball park figure you are looking for (plus some!). But it is now considered crass and bad taste. The time for discussing potential wages is when the job is offered.


Boring Fonts
Don’t go overboard with the fonts on your CV, it still needs to legible and professional but do try and go on the slightly more interesting ones than just helvetica!


Cover letter
Cover letters are often a good idea. A chance to start to sell yourself for the job. Your CV should run through who you are and what you have been doing, your cover letter is a about you your objectives. Don’t drone on and on waffling your way through it. Clear concise, its a cover letter not a plea for the job!


Hobbies that zzzzzzzz
If your hobbies are related to your job, such as you are applying for a job as a writer on a biking magazine, and your hobby is biking, then absolutely include it. If not I suggest leaving this part off. If they want to know what sort of person you are out of work then they can ask you when they meet you. There is nothing more yawnsville than a CV that states Hobbies as “reading” or “walking”. Even if this is the case, nothing wrong with that, they tell me nothing about you as a candidate.


Some people see this part as irrelevant now. A lot of people simply add “references available on request” but it is up to you. For me I used the references to phone and see if there had been any major issues with the prospective employee, but unless I heard they had driven a company car into the a ditch while drunk, I had already made my mind up that I wanted them.


Bad Grammar
The final thing seems like the most obvious, but please get someone to check your CV. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is good at Grammar and punctuation get them to check it over, failing that get someone to read it as you can spend so long writing your CV that you cannot see the mistake that will be glaringly obvious to someone else.