CVs and Application Forms
A CV or application form is the first impression an employer will have of you, so it needs to be a representation of you and your personal brand.
- Look at examples to find a format / structure that you can follow as a template.
- Always tailor and customise your CV each time you use it.
- Think about how you intend to use it.
- CV length: two sides of A4 is enough.
- Check and recheck your spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Keep it simple – use one clear font and don’t overuse underline, bold or italic.
- Use space: key statements stand out better against a white background.
- Keep it well-defined with headings and bullet points.
- Have a ‘Profile’ of no more than two sentences at the top.
- Keep the chronology consistent.
- Use a simple and professional e-mail address e.g. not firstname.lastname@example.org
CV information booklet
- Allow plenty of time to write and re-draft your form..
- Read instructions attached to the form.
- Reflect the language used in the job description.
- Plan your form to allow you to have a clear, concise structure.
- Re-read your form and keep a copy.
Applications information booklet
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