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Unitemps went live on Twitter on Friday 19th May to answer your questions. After our recent Twitter Poll, you told us you most wanted to ask a recruiter more about CVs and cover letters – and so, that’s exactly what our Recruitment Consultants Francesca and Aleksandra talked about in the live broadcast.
If seeking advice from a recruitment consultant, which area would you want the most help with?
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If you missed the live event, you can watch the video via our Twitter feed. We decided to put together a quick summary of the video.
1– What are the worst mistakes to make on your CV?
- Having over 3 pages
- Spelling mistakes – make sure you check spelling and grammar to avoid errors slipping in
- Poor structure • Missing key points – include details on your education, experience and short personal statement
2 – How do you create an effective cover letter?
- Look at the job advert carefully before you apply – focus on the required skills and experience and try to match your own against this
- Try to keep it to one page – it shouldn’t be brief but be careful it isn’t too long
- Where appropriate, show some personality!
3 – Can one cover letter cover all jobs?
No – every job is different and requires skills and experience unique to that role. Be sure to tailor it to the particular job advert.
4 – What should you leave off your CV?
- Pictures, national insurance number, date of birth or age are not relevant.
- Family/marital status
- Potentially references – instead, provide a statement clarifying that references can be given upon request.
5 – How can you make your CV or cover letter more successful?
- Add specific dates to your experience and employment i.e the date you started to present or the final date working at a particular organisation/studying at a particular institution Address your cover letter correctly – i.e ‘Dear Sir/Madam…’
- Have a friend check your CV and cover letter – it always helps to have a fresh pair of eyes.
Keep your questions coming to #unitempslive on Twitter and we’ll aim to answer during our next live broadcast.
Last updated on 2 March 2021Share this article