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If you're looking for a job, before you hit the send button on that CV here are 10 questions you must ask yourself to make sure you've covered all the grounds. For more tips on job hunting and CV ...

If you're looking for a job, before you hit the send button on that CV here are 10 questions you must ask yourself to make sure you've covered all the grounds. For more tips on job hunting and CV writing, visit my blog: http://mildredtalabi.com/category/blog

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  • 1. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi
  • 2. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Does this CV clearly communicate my desire to work in xxxxxx industry in xxxxxx role? For maximum impact, make sure your CV is clearly targeted to a specific role in a specific industry
  • 3. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Do I have any information that betrays a divided interest? Divided interests decrease your chances of being shortlisted for an interview – if you have multiple fields you’re interested in, create multiple targeted CVs
  • 4. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Are my key skills and achievements visible enough? Don’t make the employer work hard to locate your strengths – present them clearly and visibly on the first page of your CV
  • 5. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Have I included relevant keywords for my industry? Recruiters, particularly online recruiters, scan for relevant keywords before deciding whether to keep or bin a CV. Make sure you search out and include the relevant keywords for your chosen job and industry
  • 6. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Have I explained any gaps in my employment? Unexplained lengthy gaps on your CV raise questions so be sure to fill any gaps with any relevant activities you may have been doing during this time
  • 7. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Do my interests and activities help or hinder? Contrary to popular opinion, what you put in this section of your CV can either help or hinder your application. For more on this read “The Upside Down CV – How your interests and activities could land you your next job” http://tinyurl.com/852579g
  • 8. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Is my vocabularystraight to the point or am I rambling on?Don’t use twenty words to say what can be said infive! Be concise and straight to the point with your vocabulary – the employer has no time to waste
  • 9. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Is there anything I can lose? Only include what’s absolutely relevant and necessary on your CV – cut out everything else
  • 10. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Have I “sold” myself well enough? “Selling” yourself as the best candidate for the job should be your number one priority on your CV. Make sure you include as much information as possible to demonstrate your suitability for the job
  • 11. 10 Q U E S T I O N S T O A S K Y O U R S E L F B E F O R E S E N D I N G O F F Y O U R C V – B y M ild r e d T a la b i – Careers speaker, writer & blogger | Author of ‘7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results’Available from w w w . m ild r e d t a la b i. c o m @mildredtalabi Would I hire me...? It’s important to be 100% confident in the CV you send out to employers therefore this final question is to determine whether you should go ahead and hit the send button on your CV. If you won’t hire yourself based on your current CV, go back and start over, or if you’re able to, hire a CV makeover expert.