What is a CV?

What is a CV?
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CV derives from the Latin meaning “a brief history of one’s life”. It is a short document which outlines your general personal details, your relevant skills, qualifications and work history. A CV is a good way of saying “hey, this is me, I could make a valuable contribution to your business”. It is generally the first point of contact between you and a prospective employer. It is designed to do...
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Nationality on a CV

Nationality on a CV
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Should you include your nationality on a CV? The simple answer is ‘no’ but there are a number of circumstances in which you can include your nationality on a CV. It’s not a legal requirement and from an employers’ perspective I don’t think it’s something that they’d be interested in. As with age, gender and other personal characteristics, there a number of laws that has been passed in or...
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CV is a 30 second Interview

CV is a 30 second Interview
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On average it is estimated that an employer only spends about 30 seconds glancing at a CV, which means that you have to grab their attention very quickly. Before you read a newspaper article, you always have a quick glance at the headline. If the headline is hard hitting and appealing, you will no doubt read the rest of the article. On the other hand, if the headline is dull and uninteresting, y...
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Who to approach

Who to approach
There are a number of ways to find employers who might be looking for someone with your skills and experience. Below is a selection of tried and tested methods that I have encouraged job seekers to use. You can use various search engines for companies in your industry or to find companies of interest. If they have vacancies they will normally have it displayed on their website. Use...
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Using social media to network

Using social media to network
Social media is the most popular way of networking with family and friends in your locality as well as globally. Everyone exchanges support and information. In addition to colleagues at your work place, friends and family and existing professional relationships, you can build contacts and understanding through social media networking. Here are some sites to consider: Twitter is an online social...
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Explaining gaps in work history

Explaining gaps in work history
If the career gap you are concerned about was a very long time ago, say 10-15 years, there is no need to for you to worry. The chances are the employer won’t even think about it. Similarly, if the gap is a matter of a few months rather than years, don’t lose sleep over it. The easiest way to avoid these sorts of gaps gaping out at the employer is to only give the years for your employment rather...
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Gender on a CV

Gender on a CV
One thing that baffles me more than anything on a CV is why people continue to include their gender on a CV.  I get asked the same question over and over again and my answer is always a resounding ‘No’.  I just feel that in this day and age it’s totally irrelevant to include your gender on a CV – it’s an outdated practice just as outdated as it is to include your age, ethnicity or marital status o...
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Photographs on a CV

Photographs on a CV
What does a photograph of yourself on a CV tell a prospective employer about you? It can say one of two things; firstly you want to be judged on your appearance and not on your qualifications or employment history. Secondly, it gives the employer the impression that you’re vain and rely on your physical attributes to get you a job rather than other important factors like your skills and achievemen...
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Nationality on a CV

Nationality on a CV
Should you include your nationality on a CV? The simple answer is ‘no’ but there are a number of circumstances in which you can include your nationality on a CV. It’s not a legal requirement and from an employers’ perspective I don’t think it’s something that they’d be interested in. As with age, gender and other personal characteristics, there a number of laws that has been passed in order to p...
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Types of CV’s

Types of CV’s
There are three main types of CV that you can use to market yourself, your skills and qualities, and your experience to a prospective employer. Before you decide which one to use, read the detailed description for each below and see which one best suits your circumstances. Chronological CV-A chronological CV is the most frequently used CV format and is usually two sides in length (A4). The reas...
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