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  # 1377249 31-Aug-2015 17:31
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dafman: When I have recruited, on occasions I have had in excess of 200 CV's to wade through. So initial decisions - ie, in or out - are often made in as little as 10-20 seconds. I recommend:

1. Stick to facts, who you are, education, experience, interests. Avoid the cliche statements commonly listed under 'personal attributes' - often grabbed from the net or other peoples CVs.

2. Ensure no spelling or grammar mistakes in either CV or covering letter. You are putting your best foot forward, so attention to detail is important.

3. A short covering letter - not email - one page only - tailored for the specific job is often a good idea. Keep it upbeat.

4. Finally, as someone else said, use either Arial or Calibri and look at how paragraphs and lines are spaced. Don't cram, white space is good.

Finally, the objective of all of the above is to get you in front of the potential employer. Once there, it's up to you, not your CV. Good luck.

While being brief, give employers the opportunity to find more info if they like what they're reading. I include a link to my LinkedIn profile which I keep up to date, and go more in depth into skills and relevant work examples etc. You can't fit all of that info in detail in a CV, but LinkedIn can provide a great opportunity for people to find out more.

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  # 1377272 31-Aug-2015 18:16
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As someone said, the CV gets you the interview. Then you get yourself the job at the interview. The employer has no time to peruse your cyber footprint, for lower level jobs, maybe for medium level jobs it could prove or contradict your CV, but that's another story.

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  # 1377336 31-Aug-2015 20:31
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I've already sent you a PM re the other thread, but I thought I'd include some general CV tips here too.

- Don't offer yourself for free.  Employers want to see that you value yourself (at least I do anyway). It might be an ideal tactic regarding certain project work or a business start-up where you might benefit later, but when applying for a role as a support agent in a well situated national company like an ISP, don't do it.  Hit them with your highest reasonable price-tag.  You can only negotiate downwards from where you start.

You might have little experience, but I'll take an enthusiastic quick learner I can shape to my own company over and above an experienced socially inept workaholic any day of the week.

- I've already sent you my e-mail address.  I'm always interested to see peoples CV's and offer my input.  I can also send you a well constructed CV that's helped me countless times.

- Where ever humanly possible, show up in smart dress with a professional attitude and a physical printed CV.  Ask for a business card.  Thank them for the opportunity to speak with said business owner and send them a follow up email that evening or the next day thanking them again for the opportunity.  Bonus points if you can wiggle a question or call to action in the body of the email to trigger a reply and open a dialog.

Print your CV on thicker than average high quality paper in colour.  Don't print your CV from your mother's uncle's sister's faulty bubble-jet printer with hardly any ink and missing nozzles.  It's not a good look.  Shoot for 250gsm or higher.  Yes it's quite thick, but it's also harder to ignore and harder to throw away.  Most importantly, it stands out in the stack of 50 or 500 CVs a potential employer might have.

I don't care what anybody says about colour in CVs anymore, I consider it absolutely essential.  The days of old where people read letters sent by carrier pigeon or physically delivered letter are gone.  We live in the age of PDFs and E-Mail and cheap toner.  There is no excuse for colourless CVs.  Your employer is constantly bonbarded with colour from the New Zealand Herald to his fact of the day spam he gets in his inbox every morning.  Think about how bored might become looking at black text on paper!

- Do not over-look the power of a cover-letter.  Requested or not, make a cover letter tailored to your employer.  Tailor your CV in most instances too!  This is essential.

- Follow up after a week with an email.  Follow up after two weeks with a phone call.  Follow up after 4 weeks with both and badger the hell out of them until you know they've rejected you for sure.  If I didn't do this with the last company I was successfully employed with for 2 years, I would never have stood a chance.  Why?  Because they lost my CV all together and had no idea who I was.  If it's a big company, try and get passed the assistant and get directly to the head of recruiting if at all possible.

You've taken the first step to success, which is asking as many people as humanly possible for critique on one of the most important tools in your job getting arsenal.  The next step is to jump off the keyboard, door knock, shake a few hands and nail every single business you can possibly imagine requiring your skill set with your CV.

All the best!

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  # 1377350 31-Aug-2015 20:57
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I also need help me my CV.
Have applied for 30 jobs with only 4 interviews. All Help / Service desk.
Think I will have to resort to a non IT call centre.
If anyone would be willing to check out my CV and give me some advice, would be much appreciated.

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