Whether you're staring at a blank screen or trying to cut down a three-page monster, you need to know what belongs on your CV and what doesn't...
Don't assume that it's enough to include details in a cover letter or email: you never know how your application will be dealt with once it arrives. If your CV gets separated out, you still want the employer to be able to reach you.
Remember that you don't have to have got a qualification for the sake of your career for it to be relevant: for example, a full driving licence is useful in many jobs and should be included on your CV.
Remember that relevance is as much about the tasks you do as the sector you work in. For example, work in a restaurant could show your ability to work under pressure even if you're applying for a job in a software company. Go through the job advert carefully and think about what parts of your experience fit each point.
- A particularly good result in a subject or piece of coursework
- A work project that involved extra responsibility or went particularly well
- Something you did in your own time that shows skill and commitment, like getting a large number of readers on a blog
- Family circumstances
- Tweaking employment dates to fit experience requirements
- Altering job titles to make them look more senior
- Saying you completed a course that you only studied part of
- Saying you got a higher grade than you did