Some people do know how to write a CV because they are exceptionally well written and will almost certainly get a second look from a prospective employer.

However, competition for roles can be fierce, so those who don’t know how to write a CV that truly sells their skills and experience may well find their application discarded at the first hurdle. There are few simple things you can do to make sure your CV will survive the first round.

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These are our top 10 tips for creating an effective CV:

1. Keep it brief, no more than 2 pages.

2. Avoid superfluous personal detail such as age, religion and sex.

3. Don’t write in the first person – start sentences with verbs.

4. List your career history in reverse, chronological order, explaining any gaps.

5. Bullet achievements and responsibilities, more detail on recent roles.

6. List educational institutions and qualifications in reverse chronological order.

7. Include computer skills, language skills and any relevant training.

8. Keep your hobbies and interests section short.

9. Referees can be provided on request.

10. Check for typos and ask a friend to read it through.

A meticulously crafted CV can, on occasion, secure you a job and will always improve your chances of reaching interview stage. Make sure yours ends up in the ‘yes’ tray.

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