It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a good CV stands a much greater chance of being selected for a job interview than a candidate without. And that a poorly written CV will not get anywhere near the hiring manager.
There is plenty of advice generally available on how to write a compelling CV (for example, through the National Careers Service www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk ), but, whichever format you choose, we recommend the following:
Keep the look simple and uncluttered, using one font and style throughout
Limit the length to two pages, or three at the most
Use bullets to express your achievements
Use strong action words and avoid jargon or abbreviated terms
Use the past tense for previous employment
From time to time, start a new CV on a blank page, instead of updating an existing CV. This helps to think critically about what facts about you are most relevant to a new role, and how to present them.
It is always a good idea to ask a colleague or friend to read through and check and re-check for spelling, punctuation and grammar – humans are poor at spotting our own errors. And errors cause rejection.