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Basic rules for writing your CV
Before you start writing your CV it’s better to know a few simple and essential rules that will help you create a good, brief and well-structured CV. Keep them in mind.
- Be brief. Your CV shouldn’t be over one or two pages long.
- Use white (or light colours) paper, DinA4 format with good printing quality.
- Use an easy-to-read font and enough spaces.
- Don’t do it in hand-writing, unless it’s required by the enterprise. A printed version is better.
- Avoid many formats and colours. Your CV should be professional. You can use the bold format to make everything clearer and put emphasis on titles.
- Leave spaces between sections and write only on one side of the paper.
- Watch the style and avoid spelling mistakes. Use synonyms and avoid repetitions.
- It’s recommended not to use abbreviations.
- Be honest. Show your abilities, make important skills and achievements stand out, look for the good side of failures but never lie.
- Be positive. You don’t have the need to explain failures. Show the best of yourself, but in a brief and simple way.
- Remember you needn’t include documents or diplomas, unless it’s required.
- Always send original papers, never photocopies.
- If you attach a photo of yourself, it should be recent and ID size. It’s better coloured than black and white.