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Target CV

The CV is your main entry point into a new job or career, it is what will get you to the interview stage, so taking the time to analyse the vacancy and compare the role with your key skills is paramount.

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CV Content

Curriculum Vitae literally translated means "direction of life" and it is your first opportunity to impress a potential employer. When a vacancy is advertised a candidate specification is created, identifying the skills and experience required for the role. During the selection process the CVs will be reviewed to see how closely they match the person specification, in an attempt to find the most suitable candidate possible.

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What an Employer Looks For In a CV

Think of your CV as a sales brochure your sole purpose at this point is to get to the interview table, everything else can follow. Although you may possess excellent qualifications and relevant experience it is the documentation which is crucial.

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How to Explain a Gap in Your CV

A lack of consistent employment without a reasonable explanation will look bad on your CV and your application could be instantly rejected. Send a covering letter with your CV and clarify why there is a gap in the history of your employment, as there could be a perfectly legitimate reason and you want to make this abundantly clear and leave no reason for doubt.

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The chronological CV

The chronological CV is the most popular CV format, which details employment history and education background in reverse chronological order, with the most recent detailed first. This is the most effective style if you are staying within the same industry sector, as it highlights career progression, experience or ambition.

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