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Think you’re ready to submit your CV to potential employers? We strongly recommend you complete a final check first. Make sure you have provided all the important information, and that it goes out ‘error free’.

Take a step back, and be objective about your CV

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the structure clear and well-defined?
  • Have I included page numbers (only necessary in a CV that exceeds one page)?
  • Is everything I need, to make me stand out and showcase my suitability for the role, visible on the front page?
  • Do I have a fantastic GPA? Maybe I should mention of this on the front page of my CV?
  • Does my name stand out? Is it included in the footer of the other pages? Are my contact details available, but discreet?
  • Have I clearly labelled the sections?
  • Have I stated my NCEA level?
  • Are my academic awards (if on the front page) concise and clear, e.g. acronyms explained?
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Assess your skills profile

  • Do the headings match the job description or advertisement? Is back-up/data/evidence provided?
  • Have I provided evidence of ‘technical expertise’ and experience from my degree or work?
  • Could this section be improved by removing overdone words such as ‘I’, ‘able to’, ‘responsible’, and ‘ability to’?
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Look at your work history

  • Is it clearly laid out with title, name of employer business, location, dates?
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Consider your interests

  • Can the reader get a picture of me as a whole person?
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Check your referees

  • Is it appropriate to use headings, e.g., Academic, Employer, Character/Mentor
  • Are all the contact details provided? Is it appropriate to include ‘Written References Available on Request’?
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