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Update your CV with these three quick and easy steps Updating your CV to apply for your next role can be a daunting task. What you once thought of as a great CV, might now look tired and irrelevant. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your CV, it’s likely to be outdated and will fail to get the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter. Don’t fear though, here's three ways you can quickly and easily transform your CV into a powerful marketing tool. Step One Include your most relevant key skills and experience in a summary or key skills section. You can identify these skills and experience in the job advertisement and job description. For example, if an IT Service Desk role calls for candidates who possess a minimum of 5 years’ 1st line technical IT Support experience along with expertise in AutoCAD, be sure to highlight this at...

Write a winning cover letter There's no doubt a well written cover letter can boost your chances of being invited to an interview. In contrast to your CV, your cover letter enables you to explain why you are a good fit for a position and your reasons for wanting to work for an organisation. If you’ve never written a cover letter or it’s been a while,the following guide will take you step by step through the process of writing a winning cover letter. First things first Your first task is to understand what the employer is looking for. Identify the key criteria which you’ll find in the job ad and in the job description. List all the skills, experience and qualities they have mentioned so that you can be sure to include these in your cover letter wherever possible.   Writing your cover letter Your information:  Your name, address, email address and telephone numbers. You...

Picking the right CV for you is important[/caption] A CV or resume (I'll use the term CV), is a vital marketing tool in your job search toolbox. The aim of your CV is to provide an overview of your qualifications, skills and experience to entice an employer or recruiter to invite you to an interview. There are three main CV formats or styles: Chronological In a chronological CV, your employment history is listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with your current or most recent position. Your education/qualifications along with any other information will follow also in reverse chronological order. Advantages: Traditional format which many employers favour because it's easy for them to see your career progression Easy for the reader to find their way around Disadvantages: Can be difficult to highlight your relevant key skills especially if they have been gained outside of your work history If your most relevant experience is dated it's...