Tips for Reviewing Your Own CV

 

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tips for reviewing your own cv what will a recruiter think what does my cv say about me who s reading my cv so you ve completed your cv and you re ready to send it off as part of your application to that job vacancy you ve got your eye on but wait before you print it off or attach it to an email be sure to review your cv you want to make sure there are no glaring mistakes or nothing vital you ve accidentally missed out before you let a recruiter or potential employer see it here are some tips for successfully reviewing your cv 1 be objective although you may be extremely pleased with your efforts and believe that you have produced the best cv possible it s important to re-read it with an open mind if you were a recruitment agent or hr director what would you honestly think of this cv consider whether you re happy with how you ve portrayed yourself remember the eventual readers of the cv most probably haven t met you before this is their first impression of you 2 double check the spellchecker s suggestions you already know it s absolutely vital that you use spellchecker on your finished cv to correct any spelling and grammar errors but don t just automatically accept all the suggested changes without properly looking at them spellcheckers occasionally scan a particular spelling mistake and suggest a word that has an entirely different meaning to follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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the one you originally intended be sure to select the right suggested corrections to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings 3 proofread manually too another issue with spellcheck is that it doesn t always detect all mistakes whether these be spelling grammar or syntax errors even after you ve put your cv through spellcheck it s worthwhile reading the document yet again to make sure that all typos really have been eliminated 4 take into account the layout of your cv content is not the only thing that s important here the format and design of a cv can also influence its reader for better or for worse when you re looking over your cv be sure that there isn t too much `white space however the text shouldn t be too small or crammed in either as a rule the font size used should be 12 and each section should be separated from the previous one with a double line break 5 get someone in the know to `beta-read for you no matter how many times you yourself review your cv it s always worth getting a second opinion before sending it off if possible as opposed to getting an immediate family member or close friend to review it for you look for someone able to give an opinion characterised by both objectivity and expertise perhaps you know someone in the recruitment business or hr sector who d be willing to act as your `beta-reader alternatively if you ve been working with a career guide or coach as part of your job search strategy they may well offer a cv reviewing service this checklist has been created by position ignition ltd one of the uk s leading career consulting companies please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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