The vast majority of CVs we see are in Microsoft Word and with good reason – it’s the #1 word processing package in the world. As a consequence most recruitment agencies and employers use it as standard and all of their systems are geared around it, and if you use another file format then you may run into problems. There are 2 main reasons for […]
We were asked today (and it’s a common question) if CVs should be tailored for specific applications – of course they should!!! Do you have only 1 skill? Of course you don’t. Like most people you will have at least 3 marketable skills that will appeal to a prospective employer and you need to highlight the one they are actually looking for. It’s a bit […]
We’re suddenly seeing a rash of spelling errors in CVs, perhaps because people are updating their CV and rushing through it when they really need to take their time and get someone else to proof read it. This morning we have seen “mouths” instead of “months” and “collage” instead of “college”. Neither of these will be picked up by spell checkers, but anyone from a […]
If a gap is only a month or so, don’t worry about it. If it’s longer then you need to have some kind of explanation. When recruiters see a gap on your CV they’re generally not too concerned up to about 3 months, but once you go over this level you do need to add an explanatory note. Having said that it also depends on […]
We get asked about templates on a fairly regular basis and why should I use you when I can just use a template? It’s a fair question and deserves an answer. Templates are generally quite good for a basic CV but where they fall down is that you still have to write the content and that’s the bit that really matters. Does a template make […]
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The first 4 of these spelling mistakes are hard to spot as they are correctly spelled – they’re just not the word you meant. The last (and most common) is a genuine mistake but because it is almost invariably in upper case, the spell checker in Word simply ignores it. 1. Manger. You mean MANAGER really don’t you? 2. Martial. I know marriage can be […]
This is so blindingly obvious. Recruiters now communicate in so many way but email is probably second only to the mobile phone. Make sure your email address is on your CV and preferably hyper-linked.