CV Writing

 

 

Remember that creating your CV is your first chance to make a good impression so here are some pointers to make your CV stand out from the rest:

Do’s

  • Your headline should be your name and contact details. Both a mobile number and email address are recommended. Whilst it is not necessary to include your full home address, do list the City you live in. This will allow people to gauge whether you are within a commutable distance
  • Write a concise summary, it gives some context to your CV and sums up who you are and gives the reader a preview of what is to come
  • All work experience should be on your CV - list each position separately, either as bullet points or with bold headlines for each. At the top of each include the job title, company name and your dates of employment. If there are any large gaps in your experience, such as travelling for a year, ensure these are accounted for on your CV
  • On occasion, a one-liner about what your company does/industry sector can be invaluable
  • Qualifications must be listed, especially if they are integral to your current employment. You have worked hard to achieve good results so make sure they are on your CV
  • Ask people to look at your CV and read it with fresh eyes, a second opinion can be extremely advantageous
  • Bullet point as much of your CV as you can. The hiring manager will appreciate you making it easy to read. Plus, they can easily see your highlighted experience and qualifications

Don’ts

  • Always have your most recent experience first and then work backwards, not the other way round
  • Never send your CV without double checking it for grammatical mistakes and spelling errors
  • Do not listen to the one-page rule for your CV – it is better to have multiple pages than for it to be difficult to read