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Next move: How can I write an effective CV?

I know that writing an effective CV is supposed to be what gets you an interview, but judging by the lack of interviews my CV does not seem to be effective. What are the key factors in writing a good CV and do you believe that the services of a CV writing company are worth spending money on?

The solution


Get priorities right and adjust to fit job.

Opinion changes on what makes a good CV, but there are certain rules that should always apply.

A fault people often make is to put everything but their work experience first.A prospective employer then has to scroll down two or even three pages to get to your latest role and that is tiresome.

Look at it this way. Your address, date of birth, education, training and technical skills are important, but not as important as your last job and what you are doing now. You need to make an immediate impact with a CV and having your name, address, etc, followed by a wordy profile on the first page will not do that.

Make sure your last/current role starts on the first page of your CV. After that list your career history in reverse chronological order.

Bullet point your job description, avoid the use of "I", "me", and "my", and always keep a consistent look and feel. Never leave the page looking too empty.

Also, it is always worthwhile revisiting your CV for every new job you apply for. Making slight readjustments could help you get that all-important interview.

I do not believe that paying for the services of a CV writing company is worthwhile; instead find a reputable recruitment consultant who should advise you for free.

Solution by Andrew Elphick, managing consultant, Hudson

The panel: MSB International, Spring Group, E-Skills UK, British Computer Society, Computer Futures, Hudson, Computer People, Elan, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology.

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