Polishing and Launching Your CV
Part of the CVs For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
Hone your information into a killer CV (Curriculum Vitae) with these tips. Before sending out your CV to potential employers or agencies, check you’ve done the following:
Place your information in sections using reverse chronological order and accurate dates. Include skills, employment, education and personal information.
Edit the information mercilessly, tighten up and blitz the excess waffle and conversational tone in favour of a formal tone.
Read through your rough draft several times and ditch awkward phrases.
Format your CV using not more than two standard fonts at minimum 10 point size.
Pay particular attention to detail, grammar and key words.
Forget about including a photograph of yourself, unless you’re applying for jobs in theatre or fashion.
Don’t go over the top with expensive paper if you’re sending out scores of CVs.
Read your CV again before popping it into an envelope (or clicking Send) and sighing with quiet confidence.