Every day in January we're helping job-hunters and employers with advice and tips from the industry's finest developers, experts, HR specialists and recruitment execs on a range of topics.
Today we bring you essential advice on crafting the perfect CV, from Mind Candy's head of recruitment Richard Chipchase.
Mind Candy on the perfect CV
"CV's should be treated like a first interview," offers Chipchase. "Get it wrong and you won't be progressing to the next stage Every recruiter, HR person or agency will have a different opinion on what's good and what's not so the best way to improve your CV is simply to go back to basics. Ensure you have a Profile, Skills, Key Successes, Career History, Education and Hobbies/Interests section included in the content. Make sure the CV is no longer than two-pages – this differs from country to country – and make sure there are absolutely no spelling or grammatical mistakes whatsoever.
"Bullet points are great, gaps in career history should be explained and never forget to include your contact details and link to your portfolio if you're an artist. If you want to do something a bit crazy with your CV to stand out from the crowd, this is fine but research who will be receiving it and the type of company you are sending it to. It might be entirely wrong for a bank, but perfect for a creative. Again, do your research."
Our daily 'New Year, New Jobs' series of articles are extracted from the forthcoming February issue of Develop magazine, which boasts an essential compendium of advice, tips and tricks on getting a new job and improving your employment prospects. The same issue will bring you all the results from our sweeping games industry Salary Survey. Check back with Develop Online every day this month for more.
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