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Top Tips for your CV in 2020

  1. Keep it Simple - Use clear section headings. Make sure there is plenty of white space with clear paragraphs. An overstuffed resume is difficult to read. Skip the fancy graphics and charts and stick to simple text.

  2. Use a Summary Statement -This tells your prospective employer what value you can bring to them. So ditch the outdated "objective"

  3. Your Key Skills Section- This section can be at the top of your CV just under your Summary Statement or at the very end of your CV after your work experience. It highlights your key skills but most importantly should match the requirements of the job you are applying for.

  4. Put your latest experience first - This is still the most preferred way to list your experience chronologically from your most recent role.You should consider however keeping it to the most recent 5-8 roles. Anymore experience than that can be added in a previous experience section.

  5. Bullet Point experience-For each role you have had list your job responsibilities and accomplishments in east to read bullet points not long winded paragraphs.

  6. Quantify your Points - Always show the impact you have had in a role by numbers and results. The biggest impact you will have is with quantifiable results demonstrating your key achievements.

  7. Volunteer or Other Experience- It is always important to appear more than three dimensional. Interests, hobbies and volunteer work add personality to your CV. These can become light talking points in an interview and highlight other elements to your personality gained outside of the workplace.

  8. What NOT to include in your CV in 2020 - A headshot, Age and date of birth, Marital Status.

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