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Sell yourself

Civils 2004 27-29 April NEC Birmingham

Is your CV up-to-date and will it earn you the job you deserve? If not, get a leg-up from the professionals

at Civils 2004

Getting your CV right is absolutely vital, ' says recruitment consultant Matchtech manager Jake Jessey.

'Without this you have little chance of progressing to the actual interview.'

Writing a convincing curriculum vitae is not as easy as it sounds. But it is an art worth mastering. A good CV can open up whole new vistas.

'CVs are about creating the right impression and must be tailored to the position applied for. But too often they come across as shabby, low tech and frankly dull, ' Jessey says.

Engineering specialist Matchtech will be offering its knowledge free of charge throughout Civils 2004 at a dedicated CV surgery.

There will be a host of engineering companies and top drawer engineers at the show, and Matchtech promises to have the very latest vacancies available at the event.

'Too much info on GCSEs is a common error. Making it easy to read and putting it in a logical order is the key.'

With 95% of CVs now e-mailed, the temptation is there to show off your IT skills by using high tech graphics. However, this can backfire. 'We deal with a lot of architects' CVs and they seem to love using heavy graphics. But in reality if the reader is downloading on a laptop it is often impossible to even read it.

'Schoolboy errors also include hideous photographs that automatically rule out the candidate, some omit contact details, some make spelling mistakes and some actually forget to include their name, which is criminal.

'At the show we will help you build your own CV. We know exactly what our clients expect from candidates, ' says Jessey.

You will be welcome to bring along your existing CV and have the professional job-winners cast their critical eye over it.

This kind of one-on-one feedback could be the difference between you staying in a post you hate and realising the job of your dreams.

In addition to the CV surgery a Matchtech team will be on hand to provide career advice. 'What we can offer at Civils is a personal service through 10 specialist engineering-based recruitment consultants who can offer a virtually encyclopaedic knowledge of their industry. This helps us to help you get what you want.'

For more information call Matchtech on (01489) 898100 or go to: www. matchtech.co.uk Civils registration hotline telephone:(0870) 429 4614 or register online at: www. civils. com

CV suicide

DO NOT

Over-exaggerate (lie) Yes people do it, but it is often transparent and more likely to count against you.

Produce lists

Difficult to read, boring and fails to get across what you are all about - unless you are boring.

Make it too long

Too much information is a common sin. The reader will not have that much time to trawl through all your waffle and may be turned off.

CV supremo

DO

Include some personal information Getting across what makes you tick is a great way to connect to whoever is reading your CV.

Make it look professional This is the image you want to portray.

Blow your own trumpet You are in a competitive situation and have to make sure your message gets heard.

Tailor it to the company you are applying to Mention the role you are after, and how you qualify for that role.

Try something different.

CDs and high tech additions help make your application memorable, but don't make them too complex.

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