Q: So we should be sending you our CVs?
A: Yes, absolutely, yes!
Q: What advice can you give us on writing a CV?
A: Keep it short, keep it simple, keep it relevant. Anything longer than three pages will automatically go into the bin. Just tell us what we need to know. Make sure it’s clearly written – and that there are no spelling mistakes on it! And no fancy fonts... or photographs. We don’t need to know what people look like, just what they’ve done, and what they’re capable of...
Q: That’s important?
A: Oh yes – placements or internships all count!
Q: What about personal information?
A: A bit is necessary... but look, this guy has written he was a member of the stamp collecting society in secondary school...! Not interested...
Q: What about the other CV?
A: OK, again, I can see right away this looks more promising... only two and a half pages, lots of space on the page, easy to read, well-organised. Hmmm, a couple of impressive looking references, that’s good. And, yes, they’ve included language skills – very important...