TIPS & TRICKS
CV / Resume Advice
There is a lot of information and advice
on the web about the best way to write your
CV as well as top tips for interviews etc.
We have referenced a very good and comprehensive
site below. Rather than repeat all this
information we have decided to give you
our top 5 tips for writing a CV and top
5 interview tips.
1. Your CV may be viewed very quickly amongst
up to 50 others. The first page is therefore
critical and should include all essential
and relevant information so the reader can
gain a picture of why you are a suitable
candidate from a glance. We suggest the
following information in this order:
• Personal details
• A short profile of 3-5 lines which
should broadly paint a picture of yourself;
your experience, any areas of expertise
and your next career aim.
• Your skill set (relevant to the
job), best URL's for web designers, key
graded programming skills for programmers
and key attributes for others.
• Description of your last job
2. The design and layout of the CV must
make easy reading. Use a clear typeface,
ensure headings are highlighted in some
way and that each section stands out.
3. Be precise and concise - do not waffle,
do not try to be witty and keep your personal
interests to one word for each (these can
be expanded upon at the interview).
4. Keep to 2/3 pages maximum. Any information
not relevant to the post should be minimised
5. Proof read 3 times and then ask a friend
or colleague to do the same. There must
be NO spelling mistakes!
Some of these may sound obvious but they
are worth mentioning anyway:
• Research the company and write
down 10 questions that you could ask at
interview. Use the three most relevant at
the appropriate time in interview.
• Set your alarm clock 30 minutes
before the time you think you should get
up and arrive 10 minutes early.
• Ensure you maintain eye contact
with the interviewer/s throughout the interview.
• Be positive and honest - do not
• Prior to interview, try to think
of the questions and answers which may be
asked. Be concise with your answers, try
and build a rapport with the interviewer/s.
This is an excellent site for interview
advice and also includes a FREE Psychometric