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    well ok, but no more than 3!
    I think it should be an concise document that gets you that interview, IE interests the reader enough to want to know more about you

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    I have a 5 page CV bundle, which gets chopped to bits to form a 2 page document. The secret is working out what to chop out to make it relevant to the job you are applying for. I also do a covering letter to explain *why* my skills are relevant to that company / school / institute / etc. Some people like that, others don't ... but I would prefer to give people a starting point prior to interview so they know me and my personal ethos / abilities.

    I'm now trying to work out how I can include my membership of the EduGeek Pedants group into the CV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    I'm now trying to work out how I can include my membership of the EduGeek Pedants group into the CV.
    Demonstrated care and attention to detail?

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    Mine is two, though that may change when we emigrate as my American father-in-law is always telling me that in the US, a single page is expected.

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    In the U.S. a single page resume is the standard.

    Surely a CV shouldn't be more than 2 pages to catch the interest?

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    hi

    sorry for hijacking someone elses thread!

    would anyone be prepared to look at my cv and give me some tips or improvements please as it is 4 pages and i feel it is too long, but dont know what employers / agencies look for in a cv.

    thanks

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    Yes, me
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    pm me a copy in word (so I can scrawl on it in red!)

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    The biggest tip i can offer is to write it in the 3rd party. 30 secs is the amount of time it will be in front of your recruiter when they are looking at narrowing down candidates.

    Always write your cv with the job in mind that you are looking for. if it is IT based make it IT based. dont use a blanket cv to cover all different types of positions you may be applying for.

    Not teaching anyone to suck eggs but some general tips that i hope you may find interesting or helpful

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    Your CV should be tailored towards the job. For example, if applying for a senior technician role, specifiy things they would want to know. If applying for an NM role, obviously aim it more towards the NM job duties such as budgets, which may not be needed when applying for technician role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    I have a 5 page CV bundle, which gets chopped to bits to form a 2 page document. The secret is working out what to chop out to make it relevant to the job you are applying for. I also do a covering letter to explain *why* my skills are relevant to that company / school / institute / etc. Some people like that, others don't ... but I would prefer to give people a starting point prior to interview so they know me and my personal ethos / abilities.

    I'm now trying to work out how I can include my membership of the EduGeek Pedants group into the CV.
    Agreed - the covering letter is just as important as the CV. Write a poor covering letter and they'll be just as nonplussed as receiving a poorly formatted or detailed CV.

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    Hi I would be happy to take a look at any CV's. Used to work in recruitment. Just email them over to me. I would suggest a maximum of 2 pages though.

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    Just a point - with the new safeguarding issues, most schools require you to fill in an applicaton form anyway - they wont take a CV anymore. You still need a good CV so that you can copy the relevant bits but not being able to send it does mean that the covering letter is even more important.
    Please, though, BEST, LEGIBLE handwriting and if filling a bit blank space, rule yourself some faint lines to use. NOTHING looks worse than an application form that is full of misspellings, bad grammar and generally scruffy

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