A meticulously crafted CV can, on occasion, secure you a job and will always improve your chances of reaching the interview stage. Make sure yours ends up in the ‘yes’ tray.

These are our top 10 tips for creating an effective CV.

1. Keep it brief, no more than two pages.

2. Avoid superfluous personal details such as age, religion and sex.

3. Don’t write in the first person - start sentences with verbs.

4. List your career history in reverse chronological order, explaining any gaps.

5. Bullet achievements and responsibilities, include more detail on recent roles.

6. List educational institutions and qualifications in reverse chronological order.

7. Include computer skills, language skills and any relevant training.

8. Keep your hobbies and interest section short.

9. Referees can be provided on request.

10. Check for typos and ask a friend to read it through too.

Put these tips into practice; view our CV template here.

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