CV how to #1: The CV in Bullet Points

I know most training contract applications have now been submitted – but there is no time like the present to improve your CV. The training contract hunt realistically should be all year round. Of course if you have just finished your LPC, you may also be back on the general job hunt. Today we commence a mini-collection of posts… exploring the topic of the CV:

You should always spend a fair amount of time perfecting your CV and tailoring it to each vacancy. However, you can waste a lot of time debating over how to do the CV, what to include and how to set it out. So here is a quick run through of what I believe to be the key things to include. No debate.

Appearance

  • A4 paper (good quality) white/off-white.
  • Font: Times New Roman, Arial or Verdana. Size point 11 or 12.
  • Use Bold or Underline to separate sections
  • Have “White Space” so it reads easy
  • Use bullet points
  • Staple, don’t paper clip.

The Content

  • Third person
  • Check Spelling and punctuation
  • Check for typos
  • Avoid repetition, find some creative action words to use.
  • Reverse Chronological Order
  • 2 pages max
  • Personal Info: Name, Address, Phone Number and Email
  • Profile/summary
  • The rest: education, career history/work experience, further training and other details (achievements/interests)

Saving and Sending

  • address to a specific (and correct) individual, if possible
  • if sending by email don’t just name the document CV.doc, but also include your name e.g. troutycv.doc
  • include a “Subject” if sending by email – job title / reference
  • if sending by post – preferably use a C5 Envelope.
  • allow for posting (when considering deadlines!)