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What content to put in your CV

In a CV document you need to only put in that information which you want the recruiter to see. This will normally be your contact details along with your work and academic history and qualifications.

You need to write it so it is interesting and does not bore the reader.

If you have had a long career or have a lot of educational certificates then you do not have to list every one of them in your CV. Only list the most recent information and that information that is related to the job you are applying for. The main reason for this is that you want to keep your CV as short as possible, ideally to a maximum of two A4 pages. You also want it to look and feel fresh and relevant, so be sure to regularly update your resume with the latest information.

At the top of your CV there is no real need to have the words ‘curriculum vitae’ there, you can take it for granted that the recruiter knows what the document is. Another tip is to give your home and also mobile number, making it easy for employers to be able to contact you. Also give a professional email address, do not give a joke one like 'mickeyjoemouse@xyz.com', this does not look professional. If your name is say John Smith, then have something like ‘john.smith1230@xyz.com’.
List your educational qualifications in reverse chronological order, so basically your most recent qualifications come first. To save space just list the name of the institution and the date and qualification achieved, there is not need to give the full address. The same applies to your places of work, no need to give the full address.

Do not go into details about your private life, for instance that you may have been divorced, or your health etc. There is no need or requirement to give this type of information, unless it is going to affect the type of work you do.

If you are listing any referees in there then make sure you have their permission to do this first, as they may be contacted by the employer.  

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