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Reviewing Your CV before Applying for a Job

Part of the Job Hunting and Career Change All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Tell the truth. After a fair evaluation, decide whether you have a standout Curriculum Vitae (CV). Maybe you need to call in the experts for a makeover on a sorry looking eyesore? As a quick review, ask yourself these questions.

  • Have I selected the best format for my background and goals?

  • Does my CV illustrate to an employer the benefits of interviewing me – how I can handle the job, have positive work attitudes, get along well with others?

  • Does my CV stress my accomplishments and skills?

  • Does my CV contain negative information?

  • Are all my claims believable, backed up by measurable results, and true examples?

  • Does my CV have adequate keywords to allow automated searches to retrieve my CV and bring me to a searcher’s attention?

  • Is my CV inviting to read with good, clean layout and adequate white space?

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