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things not to 10 your put on CV YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH WHAT MAKES A GOOD FEATURE ON YOUR CV, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD STEER CLEAR OF? An employer knows that your CV is your CV – there’s no need to tell them so. If it’s not obvious at a quick glance, then it’s probably not doing its job in the first place! Instead, use your name as the title, in a large, bold typeface (not too big, though), so that a recruiter is immediately aware of whose CV they’re looking at – they don’t want to waste time looking for your name. WORDS: Jessie Bland | PICTURES: Getty Images Using common terms such as “job-hunting” and “unemployed” immediately evokes negative connotations. Yes, you may be unemployed and, yes, you may be job-hunting, but bringing these concepts into your CV does not highlight the potential for successful career growth. Instead, it could imply that you are a static jobseeker. We’re all familiar with those catch-all terms that many people think sound impressive but, in reality, demonstrate a lack of imagination. Two of the usual suspects – “good communicator” and “good interpersonal skills” – leave an employer with little impression of your actual abilities. After all, if you’re so great at communicating, why not extend your vocabulary? Remember, employers want to see evidence to back up your statements and your CV is the first place you have the opportunity to show it. 1 2 3 THE TERM “CV” NEGATIVE EXPRESSIONS Unless your favourite pastimes are speci cally relevant to the role you’re applying for, it won’t prove very bene cial to include them. If an employer looks at your CV for about 10 seconds, you want them to be reading about your recently completed internship, not your passion for mountain biking at weekends. What’s more, space is valuable on your CV, so don’t ll it up with unrelated information that isn’t going to increase your chance of securing an interview. 4 A LIST OF HOBBIES GENERIC PHRASES Instead of using the term “work experience” as a sub-heading on your CV, why not opt for “career history”? Something as simple as a heading can significantly alter the way an employer perceives your CV, and using the word “career” has more clout behind it; it demonstrates that you’re looking for development and longevity. 5 THE HEADING “WORK EXPERIENCE” 044

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012

Hilary's hello
The home office
Dress to impress
The woman at the top
Your guide to education
Intern success
What do you mean?
CV don’ts
The thrill of the search
Money matters
Moving on.
Let’s get medical
Medical know-how
Caring and sharing
A senior moment?
Keeping it clean
Going global
Funeral services
Home sweet home
Constructing a career
As good as new
Power on
Engineering heroes
Changing gear
A bright spark!
Water work
Bank on it
Insure your career
Nice supplies
Get creative!
Don’t sell yourself short
Food for thought
Hilary Devey Q&A
Get connected
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Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012