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Top CV tips

Springboard+ prepares jobseekers to find careers where there are skills shortages. But once you have completed the course, how can you ensure you stand out from other applicants? These useful tips can help to show your CV off in the best light.

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

REPRO FREE: Dublin 17th June 2014: at the Springboard Dublin Roadshow, where thousands of jobseekers received free career advice Picture Jason Clarke Photography
REPRO FREE: Dublin 17th June 2014: at the Springboard Dublin Roadshow, where thousands of jobseekers received free career advice Picture Jason Clarke Photography

You are unique. So show it. While employers do value skills, they value solutions too. Rather than just showing the day-to-day tasks you completed in your previous position, try to show off your achievements and accomplishments in the role.

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Clear and concise

Employers spend around 20 to 30 seconds scanning your CV so it needs to remain clutter-free and easy to read. If they can't find what they are looking for they will move on. So don't hide information amongst an array of elaborate graphics.

Tailor your CV

Making the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular job that you are applying for can greatly increase your chances of securing an interview.

Error free

Think of your CV as how you sell yourself to an employer. Nothing is a bigger turn off to a recruiter than casual typos and mistakes. Get a friend to read over your CV for any errors.

Up-to-date

It's a good idea to revisit your CV every month and add anything of importance and cut any information that is no longer required.

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