CV do's and don'ts

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CV do's and don'ts

Postby jastons on Mon May 15, 2017 1:30 pm

So it's that time again where I've to update my cv and apply for a job. I'm just looking for some advice, hopefully from someone who works in HR or recruitment.

I have always squeezed my cv onto a single page, the simple reason being I don't have enough to cover two full pages.

Should I include a personal statement, even if the advert doesn't explicitly ask for one?

My employment history is pretty much all the same kind of work, am I expected to repeat similar roles and responsibilities for each employer ? Or just highlight two or three different tasks I have done for each one?

I have always stated "references available on request" - is this a good idea ?
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby fjthegrey on Mon May 15, 2017 1:43 pm

Unless you're applying to feature in some sort of pornography, don't attach a photograph of your erect penis.

Trust me.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Denzil on Mon May 15, 2017 1:54 pm

I always find making yourself sound superior to the person reading it works.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby sendô on Mon May 15, 2017 2:16 pm

Put smiley faces over alll the i's. It shows you care.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Dan1326 on Mon May 15, 2017 2:30 pm

Ignore the previous answers they are just being silly

Just write pick me pick me lots of times and when you get an interview and it's an it support job show your technical know how and wipe your knob across their computer screen
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby fjthegrey on Mon May 15, 2017 2:44 pm

Wherever possible, try to use third person subordinate clauses to describe your experience and attainments.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Dan1326 on Mon May 15, 2017 2:53 pm

And don't forget to say 'your mum' at relevant points in the covering letter
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby fjthegrey on Mon May 15, 2017 3:08 pm

If the content is starting to feel a little heavy, have a quip or unrelated aside ready to lighten the tone. A Jerry Sadowitz stand-up routine provides an ample source of lighthearted content.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Fishbone on Mon May 15, 2017 3:40 pm

This was a good reference the last time I wrote mine. https://www.slideshare.net/perlcareers/how-to-write-a-developer-cvrsum-that-will-get-you-hired

Obviously directed at technical people, but the fundamentals still apply.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Fishbone on Mon May 15, 2017 3:41 pm

Oh and make sure you wipe your knob across the CV.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby RichieRiv on Mon May 15, 2017 9:29 pm

First rule, don't lie when it comes to employment history I.e dates, job titles etc or qualifications. If you get found out it's gross misconduct and you'll be out on your ear.

A personal statement / exec summary is a good idea as this will capture the readers attention - or that's the idea. Don't talk about yourself in the third party and try not to use cliché's; "work happily as a team player or alone", "able to deliver on time". You get my drift - meaningless drivel that every other candidate will include.

In terms of length, 2 pages was always the rule, but mine runs into 3 pages, mainly because I've been working for 20 years and I want to include all my experience and positions. Don't feel you need to pad it out just for the sake of it - the hiring manager will have a stack of cvs on his / her desk so they'll spend maybe 30 seconds a side. So make it punchy.

I'm sure there are many who will dispute it, but my general format is:

Contact Details (including LinkedIn page making sure it tallies with your cv)
Exec Summary
Compant - Job Tiitle - dates - responsibilies - achievements

You don't need to put references, as if you're successful the company will ask.

Finally get several people to proof read it. It needs to be perfect.

Oh and good luck.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Mega Ron on Mon May 15, 2017 10:05 pm

Make sure you tailor any personal statement towards the role you are applying for.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby jevs on Tue May 16, 2017 5:59 am

Just a minor detail I was once told, it might be worth printing your CV out on decent paper....not Tesco value stuff. Maybe a slightly different colour too....a pastel green or cream maybe. Not saying it'll help but it might just show you've taken that extra bit of care.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby pablo jaye on Tue May 16, 2017 7:28 am

One of the best applications I ever received simply said 'I am applying four this job so I don't loose my benafits'.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby claretandblue82 on Tue May 16, 2017 8:47 am

If you're struggling to fill your CV then include a list of your sexual conquests. Employers love to see a player!! If you are female then don't, no one likes a slag!!
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby btajim - mcfc on Tue May 16, 2017 8:53 am

I helped recruit at my last place and would judge a CV in 30 seconds. You can be that ruthless. Stick to the facts and tell them the important things.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Hammer1972 on Tue May 16, 2017 9:14 am

pablo jaye wrote:One of the best applications I ever received simply said 'I am applying four this job so I don't loose my benafits'.


Im stil wayting to here from yu....
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Sweeney Bod on Tue May 16, 2017 10:15 am

The best CV I have read went as follows:

Last Employment - Bob
Job Duties - Whatever Bob wanted me to do.
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby The Gibbins on Tue May 16, 2017 12:09 pm

When going through CV's for a new position where i work i was amazed at how boring so many CV's are. Some people have 3-4 pages of their career written down in detail. I find bullet points explaining experience is enough, the interview process can get down to the rest of it if needed.

The personal interests part as well, you want to see someone who is fairly interesting outside of work, has hobbies etc. I was interviewing for an IT role and one persons interests were his job, building and fixing PC's and studying for IT Courses....
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Re: CV do's and don'ts

Postby Hammers Dad on Tue May 16, 2017 12:10 pm

Sweeney Bod wrote:The best CV I have read went as follows:

Last Employment - Bob
Job Duties - Whatever Bob wanted me to do.

Mine was one that included just his linkdin profile URL.
Every answer on the application was the same too.

I would not go over 2 sides of A4.
I don't have time to read pages and pages of information, I just want to know what is what. Bullet points are fine
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