Our top 6 CV tips

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Whether you're a new graduate or well versed in the professional world, your CV can always be improved and amended.

Throughout your career you should always aim to keep your CV as up to date as possible; it can help you make sure the information you're putting down is fresh from your mind and entirely correct.

1. Short and sweet

Keep your CV to a two-page minimum; this amount of information is manageable for the employer and shows that you're able to edit and condense your own work. As long as your work is laid out in a way that's clear and legible, keeping to two pages can also be more visually appealing.

Don't think that reeling out 10 pages of your achievements will impress anyone; the real skill lies in the condensing, the editing and the formatting!

2. Tell the truth

Never lie in your CV, it will only come back to bite you: be honest in your abilities and skills. Remember, if you get through to the interview stage you'll be asked about elements within your CV. More importantly if you get the job, you'll be expected to apply the skills you've claimed to have.

Lying may help you blag your dream job, but you may not keep it for very long!

3. Key achievements

Without over doing it and listing your school sports day medals, put down what you feel are your most impressive or important achievements in your professional life. As you have limited space, make sure you tailor the achievements you choose to the job you're applying for.

For example, if you're applying for a role with a digital element, highlight any blogs or social content you're proud of.

4. Employment history

List your employment history in order of relevance, rather than when you did them. When you're doing this, be aware of any gaps in your employment.

If you do have gaps, rather than ignore them and hoping the employer won't notice (because they will), write about them honestly. Include why you were unemployed at the time, and make note of any personal or professional development you undertook, any travelling or volunteer work. 

5. Hobbies

This is an optional section to be kept to a minimum. When writing your CV at 16-18, this may have been more appropriate. That said, if your hobbies are particularly interesting (or if they might provide a relevant talking point at the interview stage) then it may be worth making an exception to this rule.

6. Contact me

Remember that your CV may be viewed away from your email and personal statement. It's therefore vital that you include your name and contact details clearly on your CV. Make it as easy as possible for the employer to offer you the job!

With these tips in mind, why not take out your CV, brush the dust off and get to work?

Remember to take your time; proving your skills in just a few paragraphs isn't an easy task for anyone. Ultimately your CV is your chance to show you've understood the job, and match it to the skills you already have.

Do you have any tips of your own that have proved successful in the past? Tweet us @nbs_careers to let us know.

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