The most important thing to remember when writing your CV is to remember that first impressions count, so make sure you take care when writing it and follow our CV writing tips!
Important sections to include:
- It might sound obvious but start your CV with your personal and contact details in the header, include your full name, address, telephone number & email address.
- A brief personal statement should be included at the start of your CV to highlight your key skills and accomplishments. In this section you should include positive keywords to describe your personal qualitites i.e. ‘reliable,’ ‘punctual,’ ‘conscientious’ etc. It is important to tailor your CV to the specific role to make your CV stand out and explain why you are ideal for the job!
- If you have any qualifications, training or certifications put them on your CV!
- Include any relevant work experience chronologically (i.e. most recent jobs first and list them back) and bullet point your main achievements in these roles. Only include relevant and work experiences, employers don’t need to know about every single detail of your working history.
- Gaps in your employment aren’t necessarily viewed negatively as long as you provide a reason, i.e. travelling, accident or illness, education or training.
- If you choose to an include interests and hobbies section, (not essential) then you should stick to activities that support your application and add to your skill base.
Key Points to Remember...
- Use short sentences or bullet points – employers don’t want to trawl through pages of information and they won’t!
- Make sure you use a suitable font which is easy to read and not too small (12 point).
- Proofread! Make sure you proofread your CV and ask someone else to read through it too – this will help to identify any errors.
- Write accurately and concisely- bad spelling and grammar is a sure way to get your CV binned!
- The ideal length of a CV is 1 page (2 pages at a push) – be sure to keep your CV succinct and only include important information.
- Never lie on a CV- Employers will check the facts!
- Formatting is essential. You don’t need to make your CV fancy, just make sure it’s spaced out and easy to read.
Remember the purpose of a CV is to grab the attention of the employer not to bore them! The objective of a CV is to get you an interview and land that all important job!!
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