Quick CV tips

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We hope you’re enjoying the summer break, and making the most of the sunshine! Perhaps you’ve got yourself a part-time job, an internship or are researching graduate scheme deadlines for the coming term.

Whatever your situation, it’s always good to revisit your CV and make sure it’s as up-to-date as possible. If a job opportunity comes up at short notice, you’ll want to have your CV ready to send.

Here’s a few top tips to help you on your way, and remember you can always book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to receive feedback on your CV.

  • Recruiters don’t spend long looking at a CV, so you need to make sure yours is relevant to the role you’re applying for – this means you will need a different CV for each new role you apply for!
  • Read the job description and demonstrate the skills that are required. You should match your CV specifically to each point listed. Not sure what skills you have? See our post on transferable skills for some ideas.
  • See the following articles for key buzzwords and phrases to avoid (unless you can show evidence of these): 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-ninja-antony-ladbrook?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2016/feb/18/a-results-driven-thought-leader-the-cliches-that-kill-your-cv

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/work/10-overused-words-to-banish-from-your-cv-now/

  • Keep your CV to two sides in length and make sure you check your spelling and grammar thoroughly, otherwise it may get rejected before the recruiter has had a chance to see what a great candidate you are!

To book an appointment for a CV check, call us on 020 7882 8533 or pop in to the Careers & Enterprise Centre in the Queens Building WG3You might also find the following resources useful:

Create the ideal CV

Careers & Enterprise CV resources

QMJobsBlog CV posts

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