?Most employers will tell you that they get hundreds of responses to their recruitment searches and probably don't have time to read a fraction of them. So they're certain to bin a CV if it's excessively long, or they spot bad grammar or spelling mistakes - especially if the post is for a PA or Executive Assistant at Senior level. While fashions in CVs change and many secretarial recruitment and PA recruitment agencies in London and elsewhere include CV writing among their services to candidates there are some basics that you can take care of yourself before you even sign up with an agency. On the whole, it's recommended that a CV should be no more than a total of two pages, so you need to be as concise as possible if you have a long-ish career history. Your name and contact details come first then some agencies advise a summary as a bullet point list of your key skills and expertise - each no more than a line and preferably shorter. This is your sales pitch and there's no need for long explanations or examples. You're giving the employer a list of preferably memorable information that will help them first decide you fit the role well enough to go on the shortlist pile, and second provide topics for exploration at the interview. One tip is to carefully study the job description then tailor or word the list to highlight skills that match their wish list. In fact it's recommended that you don't submit a general all-purpose CV, but write each one specifically for the post that you're applying for. Employment history should go in reverse order with the most recent position first - You must give dates and make sure all periods of time are accounted for even if it was to travel or have an extended holiday. If they do want dates and there are gaps, it helps if you have something positive to include that shows that you've filled the time productively - whether it's a gap year, a course or voluntary work. Education and qualifications are obvious, include your results unless they were below average and you can also add any awards you've won - as long as they're related to your profession. The trickiest bits are other experience, interests and hobbies and they can often make the difference between making the shortlist or not. They're demonstrating a little about you as a person and you want them also to showcase you in as positive a way as possible. From the employer's perspective they may be an indication of whether you fit with the organisation's culture or not. If you've done a bit of research on the company beforehand, for example, you may find that it has a programme of community activity, or Corporate Social Responsibility and that gives you the chance to highlight any voluntary work or fund raising you may have done yourself. Your CV forms the basis of an application form, if you've been asked to submit one, and it's a good idea to keep copies of other forms you've submitted to refer to for the section that's usually on the form asking you to explain why you feel you can fit the role you're applying for. Obviously you'll have to tailor your response to the key points of their job description, and it will need to be concise and well-balanced. One thing to avoid at all costs is making claims for skills, experiences or even opinions you don't actually have or hold. Waffle or over-enthusiasm is likely to provoke suspicion in the reader and that can prove negative. Also even if they did get you an interview you can bet they will be explored further and then if you can't back them up with actual examples you'll get caught out and do yourself no favours at all. It is useful to bear in mind, that an employer will have a pile of CVs to shortlist and so they are looking for reasons why not to include you so it is safer to be on the side of conservative. Don't give them an excuse to discount you because of something as trivial as a strange hobby you might have. The chances of you meeting a fellow knitter are slim.