You can write a CV in 20 minutes, it’s not that important… er, is it?

It is almost impossible to progress in the search for a paid job without having an effective Curriculum Vitae outlining your knowledge, skills and abilities to a potential employer.

Whether you are using the Internet, newspapers, agencies or making your own speculative approaches to recruiters, the CV is the first point of reference for an employer looking to make a decision about which job applicants to interview.

Think about the time and effort you put into your exams at school or university. Could you honestly say the you put as much effort into your job applications? Yet, it is the job applications, if successful, that will decide how and where you will live your life for the next 5-10 years.

Answer the following questions:

· How many times have you sent off or submitted your CV to an employer?

· How many times have you been invited for interview on the strength of your CV?

If the answer to the second question is less than 50% of the first, then the crucial question you need to ask is:

· Is your CV as good as you think it is?

Whatever you may feel about the relative qualities of your Curriculum Vitae, it can do no harm to take a fresh look at it.

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