Once you have your CV essentials in place, it is worth fine-tuning it by considering other aspects that will ensure integrity, compliance and suitability.
At this initial stage, you should leave out details of referees, particularly concerning your current employer.
If you have not provided details, then a reference cannot be taken up before you have accepted a position, thus avoiding a very rare but potentially embarrassing situation.
References can easily be provided as and when they are necessary.
Target your CV for specific opportunities
By all means, tailor your CV to suit any specific job you may be applying for as this will significantly improve the chances of ensuring a good match between the job requirements and your skills profile.
However, remember to keep a record of each version and track where it has been sent.
Our recommendation is to only have one version – but be sure to explain to your recruitment consultant your specific suitability for each role that is of particular interest to you.
We can then market your skills appropriately depending on the job for which you are applying.
Unless requested, do not include copies of certificates, letters of commendation, reports, your latest personality profile or photographs of yourself.
Do not make statements referring to your honest and diligent nature - that should be taken for granted and serves more to raise the question.
Finally, ensure you can substantiate all points made on your CV at interview.
Be honest; there is a difference between making the most of your experience and exaggerating or falsifying it.
A falsified CV can be easily spotted by an employer, and if it doesn't prevent you from getting the job, it can cost you the job later on.
If you secure a position on a misrepresentation of a verifiable fact, you will not only be dismissed but may also be prosecuted – so stick to the facts.
Keep your CV up to date
Reviewing and updating your CV keeps it fresh and helps you give an employer the most relevant information for the job they have to offer.
Make sure that you update your CV every time you:
apply for a new job.
change your personal details (for example, your address or phone number).
gain new skills or qualifications.