What makes a good CV?

Here are a few pointers to get you started.

Mind the gaps on your CV – whether you took time out to travel, care for a family member, you were unemployed, on maternity leave or you decided to take a break from the world of work, any employment gaps should be accounted for on your CV in the most appropriate way that works for you. The reason for this is so prospective employers can build a full picture of your career to date. No gaps = good and consistent communication.

Spelling and grammar are SO important – no matter what, never ever send your CV to any prospective employer until your have double checked for spelling and grammar mistakes. No spelling and grammar mistakes = good attention to detail. There are no excuses.

Keep to 2 pages max – it doesn’t matter how much experience you have, most recruiters or hiring managers will only spend a short time reviewing your CV so it needs to capture their attention. If you’re uncomfortable with this, I recommend keeping a long version of your CV for yourself that you can refer to in the future but present a much shorter version to potential employers. The hardest bit of all is cutting it down. Include the most information for your current job or recent jobs. Your career coach can support you with this. All other jobs before that should include less information. Shorter CV = your ability to condense and summarise information.

As a Career Coach, I provide both online and in-person Career Consultations. Some areas I specialize in include the following:

  • CV & Cover Letters
  • Job applications
  • Job Search
  • Career change
  • Exploring new career interests
  • Career transition
  • Interview preparation (to include online interviews)
  • Preparing for promotion or progression
  • Salary negotiations
  • Preparing for retirement
  • Redundancy or job loss
  • And more….

You can contact me at: Ciara@ciarastewartconsulting.ie

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