Writing a successful CV
Getting your first job in such a competitive industry as ours can prove to be a very hard and daunting experience. You may have the best qualifications, a friendly and outgoing personality and the latest pair of trainers, but unless your CV is informative and interesting, you're not going anywhere.
To help you, we've put together some of the main points to consider when writing your CV. This is probably one of the most important documents you'll ever write and needs to create a lasting impact to ensure you get that interview. You may only have 20-30 seconds to grab the reader's attention, so consider carefully what information you want to put down. Here are some things to think about:
Ensure that you don't clutter your CV with too much information in no apparent order. It's best to select a few headings to split your information into. For example:
It's a good idea to include a letter with your CV of no more than one page to introduce yourself to your prospective employer. Include a brief description of what you do and why you're applying for the job. These days, CVs are often sent electronically – but always check with the prospective employer for their preferred method.
Invest in some good quality paper to write your CV, choose a colour such as white or cream. Do not use bright colours as they do not create a good impression and are hard to photocopy. As a finishing touch, if you're sending your CV via the post, you could bind it using a plastic wallet and spine and send it in an A4 envelope.
Ensure you send your application in plenty of time and remember to check the spelling before posting it. We recommend that your CV consists of no more than 2 pages - any more and you will begin to bore the reader.
Remember, your CV is your ticket to getting that interview. For more information visit www.bradleycvs.co.uk