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Employers see a lot of CVs especially in today's climate. An employer will make a decision almost immediately based on the layout of a CV and then very quickly on the content.
A CV should be no more than 2 sides of A4, 3 at a push if you have a lot of experience, so you may have to be fairly ruthless with the content. There needs to be a balance between not too much content and not to much white space and there should a reading level, meaning headings in bold or key points made to stand out. In addition, you need to make sure you use an easily legible and professional font such as Arial or MS-Trebuchet.
Every CV should be changed to suit the post. So that means knowing enough about the organisation you are applying to and the particular role. Use the same language and jargon used on a job spec in your CV. Draw attention to your experience that is mentioned in the job spec and of particular relevance. Make sure you put in information about particular achievements and responsibilities, such as management or financial responsibilities and highlight it. We will talk to you in further detail about this if you come into register.
use a simple font such as MS-Trebuchet or Arial
put in plenty of achievements and responsibilities
have a section just dealing with your skills
list your software knowledge
check your spelling and not just using the spell checker
change your CV based on every role you apply for
put a profile at the beginning of the CV everyone does it and they always say the same thing
use unusual fonts
put pictures or designs on your CV, it distracts from the content
make your CV any longer than 2 sides of A4
use a tiny font to fit more content on the page
leave gaps in dates, explain what you have been doing
don't waste money on getting someone to re-write your CV. If you feel you must make sure they have extensive proven experience in recruitment or HR.
I always find Flow Caritas extremely helpful and diligent in finding the right person for my roles
Andrew Moffatt, Bowel Cancer UK
Working with Flow Caritas has enabled us to recruit excellent managers in a fraction of the time we would otherwise have spent.
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all the candidates they have provided have been well briefed and of exceptionally high calibre
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Flow Caritas are a fantastic company who has made our recruitment considerably easier.
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