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Dust off your CV this Christmas!

Many people consider a change of job at this time of year and use the Christmas and New-year period to set the wheels in motion for a concentrated job-search come 1st January; the “New year, new job” mentality, is totally understandable, for some it may be something on their to-do list of even a new years resolution.

No matter what the key driver for the pending change, many will realise the need for an up to date CV to kick-off the application process; this is where the majority of people’s best intentions stall, perhaps due to lack of time, effort or knowledge of how to construct a professionally targeted CV, which will be attractive to pending employers or recruitment agencies.

A great CV is not easy to produce but is definitely a task we at HavenCareerHut can assist our clients with, but before you take the next step, here are a few basics for you to consider;

•Only 2 pages – this is still what most employers are looking seeking; most individuals should be able to fit their relevant skills, experience and qualifications within two pages of A4

•Keep it concise – logically ordered and targeted to the opportunity, do not include information for the sake of it, it all needs to be relevant

•No quirky fonts – go for something fairly plain, such as Ariel or Calibri. Size-wise, ideally should be an 11 or perhaps 12; remember not everyone has 20/20 vision!

•Professional email address – do not include anything which is intended to be funny or risque as both will result in your application being rejected immediately.  A CV is a reflection of your professional self – even down to the email address

•Keep it real – make sure all information is up to date, accurate and most importantly true….be aware, even the smallest “white lie” will be found out!

If you are struggling to compose a CV, update and/or refresh an existing document, we can help you with the process; so don’t stumble at this important stage, just drop an email through to us, we are more than happy to help.

Good luck – Haven Career Hut

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Written by Haven Career Hut

We are committed to assisting our clients make the best submissions possible, whether it be via a CV, cover letter or application form; we are on-hand to offer assistance with all key elements of the recruitment cycle.
At Haven Career Hut we recognise how complex and time-consuming it can be to find that perfect job, and appreciate that when the opportunity arises you want to ensure everything is in place to allow yourself the best possible chance of being shortlisted, reaching an interview and securing the role of your dreams!

With over twenty-six years’ professional experience as Careers Practitioners, we identify with the variety of recruitment methods and practises employers utilise when seeking new staff across all sectors and use our own skills, experience and expertise to help individuals in the search for employment.

If you feel you need a little extra help to secure your first job, dream job or anything in-between, all you need to do is email us and the process can begin

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