Top 10 CV Tips
Your CV is your most powerful tool in securing an interview. Our top
tips below will help you format your CV so that it looks professional and
allows you to stand out in a crowd.
- Before writing your CV, write down all the facts about yourself; your career, training, skills and experience. Make sure you relate these to the job you are applying.
- Your CV is the first thing employers see so make sure your CV stands out against other candidates. Aim for a logical and neat layout.
- Jobs and education should be listed with dates and your most recent work history first.
- The recommended length for a CV is two-sides of A4 paper. At the top of your CV write a personal introduction about yourself. Make sure you describe your personality, key skills and work experience in no more than 4-5 lines.
- If you have any gaps between roles, be sure to catalogue how you spent that time i.e. travelling, college, university and so on.
- Always mention your personal interests and activities as it gives an idea of what sort of person you are, mention any clubs you may have run or volunteering work, as this can demonstrate any team or leadership skills.
- You might need to tailor your CV to each job you apply for. If you have lots of skills, make sure you make the most of the relevant ones.
- Check that all spelling and grammar is correct and that the format is consistent, avoid abbreviation or jargon.
- Avoid lengthy and detailed reasons for leaving each job, this is better discussed at interview.
- Your CV should be honest, business-like and presented in an eye-catching way. It is advisable to avoid over-use of graphics, colours and/or pictures.
If you need some help preparing your CV, feel free to give us a call for some free advice and we can also send you a CV template.