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  1. [Category:Jobs](/Category:Jobs "wikilink") There was a lengthy CV advice
  2. [thread in
  4. in June 2005. As the thread contained many useful tips for those
  5. sprucing up their CVs, the main points and arguments from the thread are
  6. reproduced here.
  7. Back to [Jobs](/Jobs "wikilink")
  8. ## Presentation
  9. It gives a better impression if your CV is nice and neat, and
  10. aesthetically pleasing. If it\'s a jumble of text, it makes it harder to
  11. read.
  12. Design is content. Design means presenting the information in the most
  13. efficient way for a prospective employer. If you can\'t present well,
  14. people will find it hard to bother reading.
  15. For headings, don\'t use underline. It impeeds legibility, and looks
  16. ugly. Use a san-serif font, such as Arial, and have 3 or 4 different
  17. types. For example, large heading, section heading and subsection. Keep
  18. it consistant and clear, and leave spacing around the headings.
  19. While you shouldn\'t rely on colours to aid in the layout and
  20. understanding of your CV, colour, like other kinds of formatting, can
  21. greatly aid and help the design of your information. Many CVs will be
  22. printed in black and white, but there is no need to reduce the clarity
  23. on-screen because the printer may not be able to handle it. You can
  24. properly use colour so that neither medium is losing out, and both are
  25. presented effectively and professionally.
  26. ## Date of Birth
  27. It was broadly agreed that the date of birth has no bearing on your
  28. emplyability, and as such, should not be included in a CV. Not knowing
  29. your date of birth also insulates employers from discrimination claims.
  30. It was suggested that age may have a loose correlation with maturity and
  31. experience, which in turn can affect your relationship with coworkers.
  32. However, the general feeling was that age should be irrlevant, with
  33. references sufficing for these purposes.
  34. ## Projects
  35. Include a projects section listing projects you have worked on,
  36. including any interesting projects you have worked on independently and
  37. on your own time. Mention ones from which you have learnt things, which
  38. you could possibly talk about in an interview if asked.
  39. ## Technologies
  40. Do have a succint list of the technologies and programming languages,
  41. operating systems, etc. you have used in the past.
  42. **Don\'t** have a list of every single computer program you\'ve used in
  43. the past.
  44. For example, you might want to mention that you\'ve worked with CVS. You
  45. don\'t however want to list every single CVS client and server version
  46. that you\'ve used ( unless you\'re going for a job that large involves
  47. working directly with CVS ).
  48. ## References
  49. While there were arguments put forward that including references saves
  50. the potential employer from having to contact you again, it was
  51. generally agreed that it is not neccesary to include them.
  52. Furthermore, most people felt that including \"References available on
  53. request\" was also un-neccessary, as this is assumed. If you pass the
  54. interviews, they will ask you for the references.
  55. ## General
  56. Have a brief summary at the top of the CV.
  57. Ensure there is more of a focus on work experience than personal
  58. experience and hobbies & interests.
  59. Look at the CV as a whole for five seconds. How much information do you
  60. get from it? Ideally, you should get a name, and an idea of which two
  61. lines hold an executive summary.
  62. Give someone 10 seconds to look at your CV ( the average time an
  63. employer will view it for), what information was the person able to get
  64. in those 10 seconds? Did they get your main selling points (after all
  65. your CV is an advertisment selling YOU)
  66. ## External Links
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