The course of one’s life
Be clear, concise, use space, make it pleasing to the eye. Allow the reader to grasp quickly your message and to react positively – you have sold a meeting, a telephone conversation at worst.
Do not use the third person. Michael does and Michael doesn't is a party game. The CV is a personal selling document and is presented best with the (limited) use of 'I'. Otherwise the reader may think I wrote it for you. A strong drawback!
Two to three pages, but remember to use space. A powerful, multifaceted history directed towards a particular target may read well on four pages.
A CV is worth £(000) x n, your next package. Use it as such. Tailor it to the circumstance you are aiming for. Be positive, remember that you are selling, avoid negatives and do not raise unwanted questions in the reader’s mind.
Be factual and truthful. Leaving things out is not dishonest, embroidery is.
Address any issues stemming from your CV in a covering letter, not in the CV itself.
Do not include salary details. Publication lists and information on training courses attended may form addenda to the CV, if requested.
Generally, use a chronological CV rather than a skills-based one – it is easier to read and makes relevant information more accessible.
Use your own words. CV consultants advise on structure, appropriateness and content but should not be asked to drip their wit onto your page.
Keep the CV up to date. An employer may call ...