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First Impressions are everything!!

Written by: Harry Northrop
When applying for a new position, the first impression you give to an employer can make or break your application. Writing a CV is a strange concept for some. The thought of trying to describe yourself in writing can be a daunting concept. There are many effective ways to write a quality CV, here are a few tips to help you stand out from the rest.

1. Formatting – Make sure your CV is formatted in a professional manner. Ensure that the font is professional and the layout is easy to navigate. Make sure your headings are clear to help employers find the specific information they require.

2. Organised – A messy CV gives off a messy impression. Make sure there is consistency throughout, for example, keep bullet points the same and ensure headings of similar nature are all bold or underlined. Avoid harsh colours, keep it simple and to the point.

3. Relevance – It’s important to know what role you are submitting your CV for. Highlight your specific experience related to the role. Employers will have a checklist, try to include as many skills or experiences that can relate as possible.

4. Information – It is important the make sure you include accurate dates of employment and company names. Employers will be looking into your work history, so make sure it’s accurate. Also include all relevant qualifications, this could make you stand out against other applicants.

5. Spelling and Grammar – Very obvious this one, however it is probably top of the list for employers when looking through a CV. Take your time, proof read and ask someone to look over the CV before submitting it.

It is nearly impossible to write a CV that will stand out to every employer, but with these simple tips you can ensure that your first impression is a good one. This goes a long way to progressing your application further. 
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