Gap in a CV

If you have a gap in your CV from travelling you should include this in your CV. Recruiters are a suspicious lot and if they see an unexplained gap in a CV they will think prison, breakdowns, illness etc – all the negative stuff. Once a recruiter or employer starts having negative thoughts, they’re very hard to fight against. The best approach is always to be simple and honest. Good…

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Age on your CV

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It’s an offence for employers or recruiters to discriminate on the basis of age, but it would be naive to think that it doesn’t happen. Why does it happen, and what can you do about it in your CV? The reason age discrimination happens, relative to a CV getting you an interview, is that the majority of “gatekeepers” in recruitment are young, usually 20-30 years old and anyone that’s over…

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Top 5 CV Mistakes – updated

I see a lot of CVs (several dozen a week) and very few score more than about 60/100 in our free reviews and there is a common thread to the mistakes – 1/ It doesn’t say it’s a CV! Blindingly obvious but so many people forget to put CV or Curriculum Vitae at the top of their CV. This may seem trivial but it’s supposed to be a professional document…

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Should I put LinkedIn on my CV?

More and more people are registering with LinkedIn and that’s because it is a great networking tool, but should you put it on your CV? No, is the simple answer. This goes back to the most basic (and often forgotten) piece of advice on CVs, which is that you must always remember that a CV is to get you an interview. The 3 reasons not to put LinkedIn on your…

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