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15 Tips to Create The Best CV

Written by
Alejandro Corral
November 4, 2020
Building a professional CV is a challenging task. Read about 15 practical tips that help you create the best possible CV.

In these times when the aviation industry is being so affected by the COVID 19 pandemic and so many pilots and cabin crew are furloughed or have even lost their jobs, you have probably considered trying to find a position in other airlines or even other sectors, either permanently or temporarily, until the world can get through these difficult times. Reinventing yourself is highly recommended in times of crisis, as well as taking advantage of opportunities along the way. However, the competition for a job may be more difficult now, as there are many more candidates. That is why it becomes essential to use well the tools we have to sell the best version of ourselves.

The long-awaited call from the company whose job offer you applied to for an interview can come sooner if you take care of the previous step: the preparation of the Curriculum Vitae/Resume. It is important that you do not always use the same CV, but that you adapt the document to the offer to which you are applying. Of course, without lying, but highlighting some aspects or others of your professional career depending on the characteristics of the position you are applying for and the company that offers it.

For them we give you 15 tips, with the aim of creating the best possible CV.

1. Not too long

The CV is a business card for the recruiting company that provides information about ourselves. If the document is too long, the reader may get bored after the first page and not pay enough attention to what is on the following pages. A single-page resume would be ideal, because it conveys the ability to summarize and make it concrete. Be careful not to include more information by decreasing the font size or filling in the gaps too much because it can give a confusing image.

2. Organized structure

Recruiters usually have little time to read resumes and sometimes they have to read a lot of them. It is important that the information is presented in a structured and orderly manner so that the reader can understand it quickly and easily, highlighting the most important information or that which adequately summarizes the essential.

One possibility is to structure the document in the following parts:

·        Personal information - personal and contact data

·        Work experience, including that which may be of real interest for the position offered, avoiding irrelevant information

·        Academic training - those studies carried out in official entities

·        Complementary training (courses, masters, etc.), that you have done to complement yourprofessional profile throughout your working life

·        Languages, indicating level and written competence, fluency, negotiation skills, etc.

·        Other information - skills, abilities, competences and relevant data for the position, such as own car, possibility of immediate incorporation, willingness to travelor relocation.

On the internet you will find many examples of Curriculum Vitae formats, from the classic European one to more specific ones.

3. Neither too original ... nor too little

The format used to make the curriculum is very important. It must have an attractive but clear design. A poor or neglected format may indicate that you have not taken the offer seriously or that you do not care about the details or that you tend to do the job in an unprofessional way.  

Too much creativity is not recommended either. Excessive mixing of colors, graphics, images, etc. can divert attention from what is important and even discourage reading.

4. Take care of the font

Neither too big, so that you do not seem to be filling in empty spaces, nor too small, which requires a lot of effort to read. Use a more serious or informal typography, adapted to the type of company you are contacting.

5. Include your professional profile

Dedicate a few lines at the beginning of the document to describe yourself professionally. It can be just a few sentences summarizing who you are, what your strengths are and what development expectations you have for the future.

It is important that in this part you use phrases and expressions that call the attention of the recruiter because they can be the key to continue reading the resume or not. An example could be: “Expert in tourism and customer service with 3 years of experience serving in different hotels and airlines. I want to continue learning and developing professionally in the commercial and service sector, fulfilling my passion with direct contact with the client.”

6. Comment on your duties in addition to your achievements

It is usual that each work experience includes a brief description of the tasks carried out, so that the recruiter can know what you can do. But if you are happy or proud of a particular achievement in a company where you worked or that gave you recognition by your colleagues or managers do not hesitate to comment too.

7. Spelling mistakes

It is essential that you take care not only of the information, but also the spelling. It gives a terrible impression to read a curriculum with spelling mistakes or serious errors of expression. It is recommended that before sending the document you ask a friend or relative to read it as well to identify any of these errors or simply to get a view from a third party to give you an honest opinion.

8. Include confidential information

You should not include information that compromises companies you have worked for or other people such as clients, colleagues, etc. It is not necessary that you comment in your CV information about client portfolio, contacts or account settlements with other companies, since in addition to the fact that it could be illegal, it shows a lack of loyalty.

9. Too much information

The capacity of synthesis is essential in a curriculum. The idea is to give as much information in the least amount of space as possible. Some aspects of your professional life may be important, but they may not contribute anything relevant to the specific offer you are applying for or the profile the company is looking for. If this is the case, omit them and you will have more space to go deeper into other more essential aspects.

10. Be too general

Try to give clear and concise information that really reflects your profile, your experience and your training without resorting to vague phrases that have a very general meaning and give few details.

11. Wrong dates

It is common that we have doubts about the accurate dates in which we worked for some companies or in which we carried out some courses in the past. It is not recommended that you use wrong or random dates because it is something that recruiters will look at and could create confusion.

12. Wrong contact details

Make sure your contact phone number and email are correct. If the company tries to contact you several times and does not succeed, it may give up and look for another option.

13. Wrong picture

A Spanish saying says that "a picture is worth a thousand words" and sometimes it is true.  

The photo on the resume should convey a moderate image of professionalism. We do not need to choose a photo where we are particularly handsome or favored if the context of the photo or the clothes are inappropriate. Of course, you should not use photos from parties, celebrations, trips, etc. if they are too casual or unnatural. It is probable that we like the way we appear in the photo of that trip to the beach or of the wedding of that relative with our best suit, but probably they are not the most suitable for a CV.  

We should not cut out photos in which we appear with other people or try to edit them so that the drink we had in hand is not shown. The recommended photo is ID type, up to chest height approximately, but with a neutral background (white, gray or light colors), without exaggerated laughter or an angry face.

14. Use a serious email address

Possibly in the past, when you were younger, you created an email account with a funny name to use with your friends. This is great, but probably not the most suitable one to use on your CV. It is advisable to use a neutral and professional email address, playing with for example your real name and surname, initials, or date of birth, etc.

15. Lies

It is important to highlight our strengths but lying is never good advice. If the resume convinces the recruiter, probably the next step is a phone or personal interview, even a level or practice test and the lie could be discovered. This is something that could end your chances of being the chosen candidate. If now is not the opportunity, they will count on you for the next one, but if they discover a lie, they will never call you again.

Best of Luck!

Alejandro Corral

Alejandro is a Specialist in HR and HSE with more than 15 years of experience developing his passion for managing people in several sectors, such as aviation, facilities or commerce. Alejandro has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Malaga, as well as Master in Occupational Risk Prevention and University Expert postgraduate in Human Resources.

In these times when the aviation industry is being so affected by the COVID 19 pandemic and so many pilots and cabin crew are furloughed or have even lost their jobs, you have probably considered trying to find a position in other airlines or even other sectors, either permanently or temporarily, until the world can get through these difficult times. Reinventing yourself is highly recommended in times of crisis, as well as taking advantage of opportunities along the way. However, the competition for a job may be more difficult now, as there are many more candidates. That is why it becomes essential to use well the tools we have to sell the best version of ourselves.

The long-awaited call from the company whose job offer you applied to for an interview can come sooner if you take care of the previous step: the preparation of the Curriculum Vitae/Resume. It is important that you do not always use the same CV, but that you adapt the document to the offer to which you are applying. Of course, without lying, but highlighting some aspects or others of your professional career depending on the characteristics of the position you are applying for and the company that offers it.

For them we give you 15 tips, with the aim of creating the best possible CV.

1. Not too long

The CV is a business card for the recruiting company that provides information about ourselves. If the document is too long, the reader may get bored after the first page and not pay enough attention to what is on the following pages. A single-page resume would be ideal, because it conveys the ability to summarize and make it concrete. Be careful not to include more information by decreasing the font size or filling in the gaps too much because it can give a confusing image.

2. Organized structure

Recruiters usually have little time to read resumes and sometimes they have to read a lot of them. It is important that the information is presented in a structured and orderly manner so that the reader can understand it quickly and easily, highlighting the most important information or that which adequately summarizes the essential.

One possibility is to structure the document in the following parts:

·        Personal information - personal and contact data

·        Work experience, including that which may be of real interest for the position offered, avoiding irrelevant information

·        Academic training - those studies carried out in official entities

·        Complementary training (courses, masters, etc.), that you have done to complement yourprofessional profile throughout your working life

·        Languages, indicating level and written competence, fluency, negotiation skills, etc.

·        Other information - skills, abilities, competences and relevant data for the position, such as own car, possibility of immediate incorporation, willingness to travelor relocation.

On the internet you will find many examples of Curriculum Vitae formats, from the classic European one to more specific ones.

3. Neither too original ... nor too little

The format used to make the curriculum is very important. It must have an attractive but clear design. A poor or neglected format may indicate that you have not taken the offer seriously or that you do not care about the details or that you tend to do the job in an unprofessional way.  

Too much creativity is not recommended either. Excessive mixing of colors, graphics, images, etc. can divert attention from what is important and even discourage reading.

4. Take care of the font

Neither too big, so that you do not seem to be filling in empty spaces, nor too small, which requires a lot of effort to read. Use a more serious or informal typography, adapted to the type of company you are contacting.

5. Include your professional profile

Dedicate a few lines at the beginning of the document to describe yourself professionally. It can be just a few sentences summarizing who you are, what your strengths are and what development expectations you have for the future.

It is important that in this part you use phrases and expressions that call the attention of the recruiter because they can be the key to continue reading the resume or not. An example could be: “Expert in tourism and customer service with 3 years of experience serving in different hotels and airlines. I want to continue learning and developing professionally in the commercial and service sector, fulfilling my passion with direct contact with the client.”

6. Comment on your duties in addition to your achievements

It is usual that each work experience includes a brief description of the tasks carried out, so that the recruiter can know what you can do. But if you are happy or proud of a particular achievement in a company where you worked or that gave you recognition by your colleagues or managers do not hesitate to comment too.

7. Spelling mistakes

It is essential that you take care not only of the information, but also the spelling. It gives a terrible impression to read a curriculum with spelling mistakes or serious errors of expression. It is recommended that before sending the document you ask a friend or relative to read it as well to identify any of these errors or simply to get a view from a third party to give you an honest opinion.

8. Include confidential information

You should not include information that compromises companies you have worked for or other people such as clients, colleagues, etc. It is not necessary that you comment in your CV information about client portfolio, contacts or account settlements with other companies, since in addition to the fact that it could be illegal, it shows a lack of loyalty.

9. Too much information

The capacity of synthesis is essential in a curriculum. The idea is to give as much information in the least amount of space as possible. Some aspects of your professional life may be important, but they may not contribute anything relevant to the specific offer you are applying for or the profile the company is looking for. If this is the case, omit them and you will have more space to go deeper into other more essential aspects.

10. Be too general

Try to give clear and concise information that really reflects your profile, your experience and your training without resorting to vague phrases that have a very general meaning and give few details.

11. Wrong dates

It is common that we have doubts about the accurate dates in which we worked for some companies or in which we carried out some courses in the past. It is not recommended that you use wrong or random dates because it is something that recruiters will look at and could create confusion.

12. Wrong contact details

Make sure your contact phone number and email are correct. If the company tries to contact you several times and does not succeed, it may give up and look for another option.

13. Wrong picture

A Spanish saying says that "a picture is worth a thousand words" and sometimes it is true.  

The photo on the resume should convey a moderate image of professionalism. We do not need to choose a photo where we are particularly handsome or favored if the context of the photo or the clothes are inappropriate. Of course, you should not use photos from parties, celebrations, trips, etc. if they are too casual or unnatural. It is probable that we like the way we appear in the photo of that trip to the beach or of the wedding of that relative with our best suit, but probably they are not the most suitable for a CV.  

We should not cut out photos in which we appear with other people or try to edit them so that the drink we had in hand is not shown. The recommended photo is ID type, up to chest height approximately, but with a neutral background (white, gray or light colors), without exaggerated laughter or an angry face.

14. Use a serious email address

Possibly in the past, when you were younger, you created an email account with a funny name to use with your friends. This is great, but probably not the most suitable one to use on your CV. It is advisable to use a neutral and professional email address, playing with for example your real name and surname, initials, or date of birth, etc.

15. Lies

It is important to highlight our strengths but lying is never good advice. If the resume convinces the recruiter, probably the next step is a phone or personal interview, even a level or practice test and the lie could be discovered. This is something that could end your chances of being the chosen candidate. If now is not the opportunity, they will count on you for the next one, but if they discover a lie, they will never call you again.

Best of Luck!

Alejandro Corral

Alejandro is a Specialist in HR and HSE with more than 15 years of experience developing his passion for managing people in several sectors, such as aviation, facilities or commerce. Alejandro has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Malaga, as well as Master in Occupational Risk Prevention and University Expert postgraduate in Human Resources.

In these times when the aviation industry is being so affected by the COVID 19 pandemic and so many pilots and cabin crew are furloughed or have even lost their jobs, you have probably considered trying to find a position in other airlines or even other sectors, either permanently or temporarily, until the world can get through these difficult times. Reinventing yourself is highly recommended in times of crisis, as well as taking advantage of opportunities along the way. However, the competition for a job may be more difficult now, as there are many more candidates. That is why it becomes essential to use well the tools we have to sell the best version of ourselves.

The long-awaited call from the company whose job offer you applied to for an interview can come sooner if you take care of the previous step: the preparation of the Curriculum Vitae/Resume. It is important that you do not always use the same CV, but that you adapt the document to the offer to which you are applying. Of course, without lying, but highlighting some aspects or others of your professional career depending on the characteristics of the position you are applying for and the company that offers it.

For them we give you 15 tips, with the aim of creating the best possible CV.

1. Not too long

The CV is a business card for the recruiting company that provides information about ourselves. If the document is too long, the reader may get bored after the first page and not pay enough attention to what is on the following pages. A single-page resume would be ideal, because it conveys the ability to summarize and make it concrete. Be careful not to include more information by decreasing the font size or filling in the gaps too much because it can give a confusing image.

2. Organized structure

Recruiters usually have little time to read resumes and sometimes they have to read a lot of them. It is important that the information is presented in a structured and orderly manner so that the reader can understand it quickly and easily, highlighting the most important information or that which adequately summarizes the essential.

One possibility is to structure the document in the following parts:

·        Personal information - personal and contact data

·        Work experience, including that which may be of real interest for the position offered, avoiding irrelevant information

·        Academic training - those studies carried out in official entities

·        Complementary training (courses, masters, etc.), that you have done to complement yourprofessional profile throughout your working life

·        Languages, indicating level and written competence, fluency, negotiation skills, etc.

·        Other information - skills, abilities, competences and relevant data for the position, such as own car, possibility of immediate incorporation, willingness to travelor relocation.

On the internet you will find many examples of Curriculum Vitae formats, from the classic European one to more specific ones.

3. Neither too original ... nor too little

The format used to make the curriculum is very important. It must have an attractive but clear design. A poor or neglected format may indicate that you have not taken the offer seriously or that you do not care about the details or that you tend to do the job in an unprofessional way.  

Too much creativity is not recommended either. Excessive mixing of colors, graphics, images, etc. can divert attention from what is important and even discourage reading.

4. Take care of the font

Neither too big, so that you do not seem to be filling in empty spaces, nor too small, which requires a lot of effort to read. Use a more serious or informal typography, adapted to the type of company you are contacting.

5. Include your professional profile

Dedicate a few lines at the beginning of the document to describe yourself professionally. It can be just a few sentences summarizing who you are, what your strengths are and what development expectations you have for the future.

It is important that in this part you use phrases and expressions that call the attention of the recruiter because they can be the key to continue reading the resume or not. An example could be: “Expert in tourism and customer service with 3 years of experience serving in different hotels and airlines. I want to continue learning and developing professionally in the commercial and service sector, fulfilling my passion with direct contact with the client.”

6. Comment on your duties in addition to your achievements

It is usual that each work experience includes a brief description of the tasks carried out, so that the recruiter can know what you can do. But if you are happy or proud of a particular achievement in a company where you worked or that gave you recognition by your colleagues or managers do not hesitate to comment too.

7. Spelling mistakes

It is essential that you take care not only of the information, but also the spelling. It gives a terrible impression to read a curriculum with spelling mistakes or serious errors of expression. It is recommended that before sending the document you ask a friend or relative to read it as well to identify any of these errors or simply to get a view from a third party to give you an honest opinion.

8. Include confidential information

You should not include information that compromises companies you have worked for or other people such as clients, colleagues, etc. It is not necessary that you comment in your CV information about client portfolio, contacts or account settlements with other companies, since in addition to the fact that it could be illegal, it shows a lack of loyalty.

9. Too much information

The capacity of synthesis is essential in a curriculum. The idea is to give as much information in the least amount of space as possible. Some aspects of your professional life may be important, but they may not contribute anything relevant to the specific offer you are applying for or the profile the company is looking for. If this is the case, omit them and you will have more space to go deeper into other more essential aspects.

10. Be too general

Try to give clear and concise information that really reflects your profile, your experience and your training without resorting to vague phrases that have a very general meaning and give few details.

11. Wrong dates

It is common that we have doubts about the accurate dates in which we worked for some companies or in which we carried out some courses in the past. It is not recommended that you use wrong or random dates because it is something that recruiters will look at and could create confusion.

12. Wrong contact details

Make sure your contact phone number and email are correct. If the company tries to contact you several times and does not succeed, it may give up and look for another option.

13. Wrong picture

A Spanish saying says that "a picture is worth a thousand words" and sometimes it is true.  

The photo on the resume should convey a moderate image of professionalism. We do not need to choose a photo where we are particularly handsome or favored if the context of the photo or the clothes are inappropriate. Of course, you should not use photos from parties, celebrations, trips, etc. if they are too casual or unnatural. It is probable that we like the way we appear in the photo of that trip to the beach or of the wedding of that relative with our best suit, but probably they are not the most suitable for a CV.  

We should not cut out photos in which we appear with other people or try to edit them so that the drink we had in hand is not shown. The recommended photo is ID type, up to chest height approximately, but with a neutral background (white, gray or light colors), without exaggerated laughter or an angry face.

14. Use a serious email address

Possibly in the past, when you were younger, you created an email account with a funny name to use with your friends. This is great, but probably not the most suitable one to use on your CV. It is advisable to use a neutral and professional email address, playing with for example your real name and surname, initials, or date of birth, etc.

15. Lies

It is important to highlight our strengths but lying is never good advice. If the resume convinces the recruiter, probably the next step is a phone or personal interview, even a level or practice test and the lie could be discovered. This is something that could end your chances of being the chosen candidate. If now is not the opportunity, they will count on you for the next one, but if they discover a lie, they will never call you again.

Best of Luck!

Alejandro Corral

Alejandro is a Specialist in HR and HSE with more than 15 years of experience developing his passion for managing people in several sectors, such as aviation, facilities or commerce. Alejandro has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Malaga, as well as Master in Occupational Risk Prevention and University Expert postgraduate in Human Resources.

In these times when the aviation industry is being so affected by the COVID 19 pandemic and so many pilots and cabin crew are furloughed or have even lost their jobs, you have probably considered trying to find a position in other airlines or even other sectors, either permanently or temporarily, until the world can get through these difficult times. Reinventing yourself is highly recommended in times of crisis, as well as taking advantage of opportunities along the way. However, the competition for a job may be more difficult now, as there are many more candidates. That is why it becomes essential to use well the tools we have to sell the best version of ourselves.

The long-awaited call from the company whose job offer you applied to for an interview can come sooner if you take care of the previous step: the preparation of the Curriculum Vitae/Resume. It is important that you do not always use the same CV, but that you adapt the document to the offer to which you are applying. Of course, without lying, but highlighting some aspects or others of your professional career depending on the characteristics of the position you are applying for and the company that offers it.

For them we give you 15 tips, with the aim of creating the best possible CV.

1. Not too long

The CV is a business card for the recruiting company that provides information about ourselves. If the document is too long, the reader may get bored after the first page and not pay enough attention to what is on the following pages. A single-page resume would be ideal, because it conveys the ability to summarize and make it concrete. Be careful not to include more information by decreasing the font size or filling in the gaps too much because it can give a confusing image.

2. Organized structure

Recruiters usually have little time to read resumes and sometimes they have to read a lot of them. It is important that the information is presented in a structured and orderly manner so that the reader can understand it quickly and easily, highlighting the most important information or that which adequately summarizes the essential.

One possibility is to structure the document in the following parts:

·        Personal information - personal and contact data

·        Work experience, including that which may be of real interest for the position offered, avoiding irrelevant information

·        Academic training - those studies carried out in official entities

·        Complementary training (courses, masters, etc.), that you have done to complement yourprofessional profile throughout your working life

·        Languages, indicating level and written competence, fluency, negotiation skills, etc.

·        Other information - skills, abilities, competences and relevant data for the position, such as own car, possibility of immediate incorporation, willingness to travelor relocation.

On the internet you will find many examples of Curriculum Vitae formats, from the classic European one to more specific ones.

3. Neither too original ... nor too little

The format used to make the curriculum is very important. It must have an attractive but clear design. A poor or neglected format may indicate that you have not taken the offer seriously or that you do not care about the details or that you tend to do the job in an unprofessional way.  

Too much creativity is not recommended either. Excessive mixing of colors, graphics, images, etc. can divert attention from what is important and even discourage reading.

4. Take care of the font

Neither too big, so that you do not seem to be filling in empty spaces, nor too small, which requires a lot of effort to read. Use a more serious or informal typography, adapted to the type of company you are contacting.

5. Include your professional profile

Dedicate a few lines at the beginning of the document to describe yourself professionally. It can be just a few sentences summarizing who you are, what your strengths are and what development expectations you have for the future.

It is important that in this part you use phrases and expressions that call the attention of the recruiter because they can be the key to continue reading the resume or not. An example could be: “Expert in tourism and customer service with 3 years of experience serving in different hotels and airlines. I want to continue learning and developing professionally in the commercial and service sector, fulfilling my passion with direct contact with the client.”

6. Comment on your duties in addition to your achievements

It is usual that each work experience includes a brief description of the tasks carried out, so that the recruiter can know what you can do. But if you are happy or proud of a particular achievement in a company where you worked or that gave you recognition by your colleagues or managers do not hesitate to comment too.

7. Spelling mistakes

It is essential that you take care not only of the information, but also the spelling. It gives a terrible impression to read a curriculum with spelling mistakes or serious errors of expression. It is recommended that before sending the document you ask a friend or relative to read it as well to identify any of these errors or simply to get a view from a third party to give you an honest opinion.

8. Include confidential information

You should not include information that compromises companies you have worked for or other people such as clients, colleagues, etc. It is not necessary that you comment in your CV information about client portfolio, contacts or account settlements with other companies, since in addition to the fact that it could be illegal, it shows a lack of loyalty.

9. Too much information

The capacity of synthesis is essential in a curriculum. The idea is to give as much information in the least amount of space as possible. Some aspects of your professional life may be important, but they may not contribute anything relevant to the specific offer you are applying for or the profile the company is looking for. If this is the case, omit them and you will have more space to go deeper into other more essential aspects.

10. Be too general

Try to give clear and concise information that really reflects your profile, your experience and your training without resorting to vague phrases that have a very general meaning and give few details.

11. Wrong dates

It is common that we have doubts about the accurate dates in which we worked for some companies or in which we carried out some courses in the past. It is not recommended that you use wrong or random dates because it is something that recruiters will look at and could create confusion.

12. Wrong contact details

Make sure your contact phone number and email are correct. If the company tries to contact you several times and does not succeed, it may give up and look for another option.

13. Wrong picture

A Spanish saying says that "a picture is worth a thousand words" and sometimes it is true.  

The photo on the resume should convey a moderate image of professionalism. We do not need to choose a photo where we are particularly handsome or favored if the context of the photo or the clothes are inappropriate. Of course, you should not use photos from parties, celebrations, trips, etc. if they are too casual or unnatural. It is probable that we like the way we appear in the photo of that trip to the beach or of the wedding of that relative with our best suit, but probably they are not the most suitable for a CV.  

We should not cut out photos in which we appear with other people or try to edit them so that the drink we had in hand is not shown. The recommended photo is ID type, up to chest height approximately, but with a neutral background (white, gray or light colors), without exaggerated laughter or an angry face.

14. Use a serious email address

Possibly in the past, when you were younger, you created an email account with a funny name to use with your friends. This is great, but probably not the most suitable one to use on your CV. It is advisable to use a neutral and professional email address, playing with for example your real name and surname, initials, or date of birth, etc.

15. Lies

It is important to highlight our strengths but lying is never good advice. If the resume convinces the recruiter, probably the next step is a phone or personal interview, even a level or practice test and the lie could be discovered. This is something that could end your chances of being the chosen candidate. If now is not the opportunity, they will count on you for the next one, but if they discover a lie, they will never call you again.

Best of Luck!

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