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Factsheet:

Writing CVs and job applications

Resource summary

This factsheet was written by Corinne Mills, author of You’re hired!  How to write a brilliant CV and Managing Director of the career coaching and outplacement company, Personal Career Management. May 2011.

The importance of a good CV and application

While HR professionals may be knowledgeable and experienced in employer recruitment processes, they can find it as difficult as any other candidate to sell themselves effectively on paper and online to prospective employers.

CVs and application forms present a very short window of time for you to impress an employer. Most recruiters will spend an average of about 10 seconds reading your CV before deciding whether it will be rejected or moved to the shortlisting pile. It is therefore essential that your CV and application forms make it as easy as possible for the employer to see your suitability, as quickly as possible.

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