Interests on a CV

Should you put interests on a CV? Interests on a CV are not an essential element of a CV, but I think that it helps flesh out a CV and makes you look more like a real person than just a name on a piece of paper. The main thing with this is to keep it short, and to the point. Keep it mainstream (even […]

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School Leaver’s CV

How do you write a CV for a school leaver? These can be a tough CV to approach as the backbone of most CVs is a person’s employment, and school leavers don’t tend to a lot of that! When referring to school leaver I’m referring to anyone that has left full-time education, whether that be after GCSEs, 6th Form, College or University. There are 3 […]

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Volunteering in a CV

Should you include volunteering in a CV? The simple answer is yes. Putting volunteering in a CV shows another side to you as a job candidate. If you’re recently out of education it shows that you’ve made an effort to get some real world experience – not something that can be said for everyone! Alternatively, you may have some years of work experience and volunteering […]

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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 […]

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Job Application Follow Up

If you emailed your job application you need to make sure it was actually received. Even if it was via an online form it still has to be emailed and can end up in a junk or spam folder. A good recruiter will routinely check their junk mail folders as maybe 1 in 15-20 applications will find their way there, but you can’t risk relying […]

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Age on your CV

Age on your CV

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 […]

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CV or Curriculum Vitae?

I get asked occasionally whether it’s better to put CV or Curriculum Vitae on a CV, and I always tell people that it doesn’t really matter, just so long as you spell it correctly! Lately I’ve seen a lot of CVs that don’t have either on them. This is a simple mistake to make, and you might think it doesn’t matter as it’s perfectly obvious […]

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Latest CV Review

I’ve reviewed a CV today that I gave a pretty low score of only 44/100, and the only reason it scored this well was that it was under 2 pages and fulfilled some of the basic section requirements of a CV. The client rang me to talk through the review and I was genuinely shocked when she told me that she had paid £150 for […]

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