CV Tips

CV Tips and Advice

Your CV will be the first opportunity you have to impress your potential employer. Make yours stand out from the crowd and follow our top tips for CV success.

Looking Good

How you present your CV is just as important as how you present yourself. First impressions count, and a badly formatted CV with lots of borders or boxes can be distracting. Keep it simple, neat and remember to stick to no more than three pages in length.

Tailor Your CV

Look at your CV, read it thoroughly. What does it say about your relevant experience or skills for this position? Your CV should be tailored to each job that you apply for. Look at the job description and then list your related experience in relevance to the job that you have applied for. If you have been involved in any special projects, or use specific systems that would be beneficial to the role, then ensure these are stated. Create an idea of how you fit into the structure of each company, including the size of the business, team and who you reported to.

Career History

To make the best impact you should always start with your most recent role, and then work backwards chronologically. By taking this approach, you ensure that a potential employer does not mistake your level of experience based on your very first role.

Acheivements

Bring your CV to life by adding two or three strong work achievements to the document. Your potential employer then has a good idea of your success, and it provides a positive talking point should you be chosen for interview.

Summary

Summarise your strong points. Keep it simple and list your key skills and achievements; ensure that it is relevant to each job that you apply for, keeping it to around three or four lines in length. Avoid filling it with clichés – instead, keep to the point and where appropriate make sure you can back up your claims with examples.

Education

Keep it clear, keep it simple. Note the names of your school, college and/or university and include the town or city in which they are located. Under each establishment, list your exam subjects and results. If you have any vocational certificates or further qualifications then follow this format, too.

Reasons For Leaving

Whatever your reasons for leaving your current role, it is important to reflect on it in a positive manner. When a potential employee talks negatively about a past employer, regardless of the circumstances, you risk casting yourself in a negative light. If you are a contractor, then this is your opportunity to detail your contract durations.

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