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• Explain what you did, what were your responsibilities and what you gained
• Offer evidence to support the statements you are making
• Convey you are a potential asset to an employer
• Keep the CV to a maximum of two pages - Employers don’t have the time to read long CVs
• Send your CV with a covering letter – address it correctly and to the correct person and keep it to one side of A4. Make sure you don’t duplicate information that you have put into your CV
• Grammar and spelling should be correct
• Don’t use BLOCK Lettering/UPPER CASE LETTERS for whole words
• Use one font style throughout the CV don’t switch (e.g. from Arial to Times New Roman)
• Avoid putting your details in tables/columns it just takes up more space
• Use the correct tense when describing information
• Avoid acronyms or abbreviations
• Don’t use statements/phrases you can’t support
• Don’t have any unexplained gaps in your work experience and education explain any gaps.
• Don’t assume an Employer can detect any of your responsibilities/skills without clear evidence
• Explain clearly what your role was
• Don’t have a standard CV that you use for every job you apply for – It needs to be adapted (as much as you can) to make it as relevant as possible to the job description provided.
• If you are applying for a job where you have no previous experience you will need to emphasise your transferable skills
To receive advice on CVs for placement and Graduate opportunities:
Contact Aston Careers based in the Main Building, South Wing, First Floor.
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To find out more visit www.graduateadvantage.co.uk or contact 0121 204 4767 firstname.lastname@example.org