Tips for an Effective CV
The mantra is: the CV gets you the Interview; the Interview gets you the Job
The received wisdom is: the average CV gets no more than 20 seconds before acceptance/ rejection (longer than it sounds, but still short).
CV reviewers are not interested in what your responsibilities are/were – they want to know what you achieved within them – how you Made the Difference.
So here are the Dos and Don’ts according to Mature Education:
|Don’t||fill with verbiage about your life story;|
|Do||keep it short (2 A4 pages ideal, 3 pages at most);|
|Do||highlight key qualities;|
|Do||be clear on achievements – tell them the difference you made;|
|Don’t||put in lots of detail for jobs long past – recent experience is key;|
|Do||be clear on dates, this is a Safeguarding requirement so explain any apparent gaps;|
|Don’t||include references – wait until asked and select the most suitable;|
|Leave out||date of birth, marital status, photographs and children’s life stories;|
|Leave in||details of right to work in the UK and list of relevant qualifications.|