Shine on you crazy diamond

Are there any precious gems of information hiding in your CV?

Given that some employers may spend as little as 45 seconds skimming a CV before deciding if it’s of interest or not, it is worth taking extra care and attention to ensure that your best and most relevant experience is highlighted and in a prominent position on your CV.

Even if the experience was unpaid or only for a few weeks, if it directly relates to the field of work you want to get into, make sure it ‘shines bright like a diamond’ and it could be key in getting you the position you really want!

For instance, if you are looking to get into Teaching and have done lots of volunteer work with kids or spent a few weeks helping in a school, this is much more relevant experience than your part-time retail role and needs to be on the first page of your CV.

Recently we have seen a number of CVs from students where their best and most relevant experience had been hidden at the end of their CV and could easily be missed by a prospective employer!

For more information on CVs, visit our webpages or come to the Careers and Employability Service between 10.30-12.30 or 2.00-4.00pm every day for a drop in session and get your CV checked by one of our advisers.

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