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CV Tips

  1. 1. CV Tips<br />
  2. 2. A fantastic CV can make a great first impression so it’s really important to get it right.<br />Inspiring Internsare here to give you some handy hints and top tips to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd.<br />
  3. 3. What to include… <br />Contact details<br />Make sure you have an up-to-date:<br /><ul><li>email address
  4. 4. phone number
  5. 5. home address </li></ul>Top tip: Ensure your social media doesn’t portray you in a poor light (photos of you falling out of a club won’t endear you to an employer!)<br />
  6. 6. What to include… <br />Personal profile<br /><ul><li>Keep this shortandsweet
  7. 7. Try and portray who you are and what you’re looking for in just a few lines
  8. 8. Emphasise any transferrable skills
  9. 9. Keep it originalandwell written – don’t fill it with clichés (‘I can work both independently and as part of a team’ is a classic!)</li></li></ul><li>What to include… <br />Qualifications<br /><ul><li>The biggest tip we can give you here is tobe honest
  10. 10. Start with your most recentqualification and work from there
  11. 11. If you have a degree, there’s no need to state every GCSE grade, just state how many A*-C’s you have</li></li></ul><li>What to include… <br />Work experience<br /><ul><li>Start with your most recent work placement/job
  12. 12. Include thedatesyou worked there, the company name and address yourresponsibilities
  13. 13. Use action words such as developed, organised andplanned
  14. 14. Emphasise your enthusiasmandwillingness to learn</li></li></ul><li>What to include… <br />Photograph<br /><ul><li>Make sure this is appropriatefor the role you’re applying for
  15. 15. For example, for a role in finance, a black and white head shot would be great
  16. 16. For a more creativerole, a more laid-back, natural photo would suit the role more</li></li></ul><li>What to include… <br />Interests and achievements<br /><ul><li>Keep this section brief, but use it to show an employer that you’re a rounded individual
  17. 17. Don’t include too many solitary activities such as watching TV or stamp collecting.
  18. 18. Show that you’re sociableand have a range of interests
  19. 19. Any interests related to the job are also worth a mention, as are activities that show off your leadershipandteamworkskills</li></li></ul><li>What not to include… <br /><ul><li>Salary details
  20. 20. Spelling and grammatical mistakes (get a friend to proofread your CV for you!)
  21. 21. Reference details (simply put ‘reference details on request’)
  22. 22. Strange, difficult to read fonts
  23. 23. Irrelevant information</li></li></ul><li>Layout and presentation...<br /><ul><li>Keep it clearly laid out – not too cramped but without any large empty spaces
  24. 24. Beclever with space- for example, you could portfolio your work down the sides of the page
  25. 25. Use some colourso your CV stands out, but make sure it’s still easy to read!
  26. 26. Keep the format and font consistent
  27. 27. Length isn’t everything…your CV should be no longer thantwo pages</li></li></ul><li>Congratulations!<br />Now that your CV is looking top-notch, why not polish up your interview technique with our helpful guide:<br />Or learn how to make the most of your internship. <br />