Writing your CV

A quick guide to CV writing

Your CV is clearly the most important document to get right when applying for a new job.

It doesn’t matter how long it’s taken you to write it or how pretty it is, the employer will take 5 seconds to form an opinion, so the first impressions really do count!

There are a few simple rules to bear in mind when you are trying produce an accurate, concise and well presented CV.

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  1. Write the CV yourself: it has to represent you and the language you use. You will be expected to talk about your CV in the interview and employers will know if your CV has been written by someone else.

  2. The best way to start your CV will be with your contact details: name, full address, telephone numbers and email address. You do not have to disclose your date of birth or marital status.

  3. Next should come your Key Achievements: take this opportunity to show that you are dynamic, high achieving and a potential asset to a new employer. Always back this up with compelling facts.

  4. Employment History comes next: most recent position first, then work backwards chronologically. Include dates, company name and location, job title and then a description of your duties and responsibilities. Be concise and clear.

  5. After this is your Education History: again, most recent first. Always start with the most relevant qualification for the job. Give the summary of your qualification and the dates and the results you achieved.

  6. Any relevant Training, should come in a separate section: in order of relevance to the job/industry you are applying for.

  7. The Interests and Hobbies section is too often underestimated: here is a wonderful opportunity to list activities that demonstrate skills outside of the work place -some of which may be transferable into the workplace, but all of which show a rounded picture of you!

  8. Finally, References: you do not have to include the referees details at this point but can say ‘available upon request’.


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