• Construct your CV with your prospective employer in mind. Look at the job advert or specification and think about what the job involves, and what the employer needs.
• Make your CV clear, neat and tidy. Get somebody to check your spelling and grammar. Your CV should be easy to read with space between each section and plenty of white space.
• View your experience in a positive light. Try to look objectively at your experiences (even the bad ones) and identify what you learned or what skills you developed in the process. This is the picture you should present to the employer.
• Place the important information up-front. Put experience and education achievements in reverse chronological order.
• Include experience and interests that might be of use to the employer: IT skills, voluntary work, foreign language competency, driving skills, leisure interests that demonstrate team skills and organization/leadership skills.
• Include anything that might discriminate against you – such as date of birth, marital status, race, gender or disability.
• Include salary information and expectations. Leave this for negotiations after your interview, when the employers are convinced how much they want to employ you.
• Make your CV more than two pages long. Don’t include all of the jobs you have had since school, just the relevant ones.
• Lie – employers have ways of checking what you put is true, and may sack you if they take you on and find out you’ve lied to them.
• Include a photo unless requested.