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Job applications are rejected for many reasons, common faults include missing details or being long-winded. A well-written, tailored CV will stand you in good stead to get an interview.

Journalist Jack Dearlove has been on the other side of the hiring process and examined hundreds of applications. Writing for Journoresources, he shares advice on how to make your CV one of the best on the pile.

The article is two years old, but good advice is timeless - like the importance of nailing your first first sentence.

Dearlove writes: "How many CVs or cover letters do you think start with a variation of ‘My name's X and I'm a journalist with X years experience'? Maybe you should think about writing something different? You could talk about something you like about the organisation’s work, or what you think you can achieve if you were given the role."

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