CV Writing Tips
To assist you in securing your perfect role here is a list of tips for compiling your CV:
- Put your name right at the top of the front page, with your contact details directly underneath. Include a mobile number.
- Clearly mark each section with a section heading.
- Avoid fancy fonts and decorations – focus on the content.
- Ask a friend to check the grammar and spelling before you send the CV.
- Use a spell checker.
- The structure of your CV should be clear and easy to comprehend. Present facts about yourself plainly and concisely.
- If possible, use bullet points rather than complete sentences.
- Your educational history, academic achievements and work experiences should be listed in reverse order, i.e most recent (and therefore relevant) experience should be the first that is read.
- Never leave employment gaps – if you took a year out, or carried out a few interim assignments, it is much better to tell them that – otherwise employers can suspect the worse.
- Leave your hobbies and interests until last – and keep this section short.
- Check your CV carefully – always run a spell check and re-read to check it also makes sense; ask a friend to check it too – mistakes are not always as obvious to the person who made them.
- Write a brief covering letter to accompany your CV. Do not give your life story, explain why you think you would be suitable for the position and include details of your availability etc.
- If you have the opportunity and time; tailor your CV according to the role. A CV cannot contain EVERYTHING you have done in you work history but you may have missed something that would be important to the role. Don’t fabricate, elaborate instead.
- Remember that your CV is the first impression your potential employer will have of you. Take the time to get it right. You may not have a second chance.