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CV Points to Consider and Traps to Avoid

Think About Your Opening Statement

This is your first opportunity to capture the imagination of an employer. It should be a clear and powerful paragraph that demonstrates to the employer how you are aware of their requirements and why you can provide a perfect solution. It should relate to the particular role in question rather than a general assessment of your employability.

Highlight Your Abilities Without Being Unrealistic

A common mistake is to talk your abilities up so much that you begin to sound egotistical and unrealistic. Obviously you want to come across as talented and confident, but there is a fine line. If you’re going for a teaching job you can’t say something like:

I have a burning desire to touch the lives of young students and help their dreams become realities.

This is far too dramatic. Instead you should consider saying something like:

I believe I have the knowledge and character to influence the lives of young students in a positive way and aid their academic development.

Remember To Prioritise Your Statements

Another big mistake that job seekers make is to list very important data in the lower sections of their job descriptions. As you compile statements for your CV, prioritise them by importance, impressiveness and relevance to the job you want.

Remember To Fully Check Your CV For Spelling and Punctuation Mistakes

You will fall at the first hurdle if your CV contains spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. A CV is an advert for your talents and you don’t want to tarnish the impression you give with mistakes which could be easily avoided.