Chapter 4

How to write your CV

What to include, how to lay yours out

Imagine yourself in your smartest clothes, looking as well groomed as you have ever looked in your life and carrying that facial expression of quiet (but not arrogant) confidence. Your CV (curriculum vitae) or résumé, or as some call it ‘personal and career history’, is a written equivalent of the mental picture you have just formed. In almost all the contacts you make, whether networking, speculative applications or responses to advertisements, your CV and introductory e-mail or letter will make the difference as to whether or not you get an interview.

The decision between a ‘regret’ (sorry you’ve missed your chance), a ‘regret, but hold’ (you’re not exactly what we’re looking ...

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