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A lot of things can be read into your personal circumstances which may or may not be to your advantage, depending on the attitude of the reader.
GIVING THE READER WHAT THEY WANT TO READ
Having looked at examples, it is important to realise that one is not necessarily better than any other. It depends on the job applied for and what the writer's objectives were. Each version needs to be right for the particular situation.
Therefore tailor your CV accordingly. Place greater emphasis on what the reader wants to know and less emphasis on irrelevant areas.
Having more than one version of your CV means you are able to present yourself in the best and most appropriate light.
Whichever style you prefer, always remember your aim is to.
Give the reader what they want to read.
Paul Hughes' targeted CV emphasises information and experience relevant to that particular job, ie his training experience in the financial sector. That CV is right for that job, but it may be inappropriate for other positions.
The key is to remember that, no matter how right you may be for a particular position, it is how your CV portrays you that counts.
For that reason, we must be prepared to adapt our CV continually, even if that adaptation only requires minor changes.
Note that the second part of Paul's CV, from 'Education and Qualifications', remained the same in each version.
What do they say about you?
Not all interests can be seen as having a definite benefit linked to them. However, you will find the following exercise useful to complete. Consider what impressions the reader is likely to gain from your interests.
Interests and their benefits :
Swimming : This person keeps fit.
Fishing club treasurer : They can be trusted and are able to accept responsibility.
Using computers : With the importance of information technology at work, this is always useful.
Socialising with friends : This person is likely to be a team player as opposed to a loner.
PUTTING ACROSS PERSONAL DETAILS
Where this section should appear on your CV is examined. But what should be included? This is up to you - remember there is no perfect way of presenting your CV. It is your personal sales brochure, so you decide.
Here are some guidelines.
Essential to include
• Telephone number
• Marital status
• Date of birth
Optional to include
• State of health
• Number and ages of children
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