CV Writing

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Writing Your CV is designed for one main purpose: To get you a job interview.

Employers spend less than 30 seconds scanning your CV so it needs to be clear and concise. Use our top tips to ensure the employer chooses your CV above others. Choose a clear layout, Keep it clear and concise.


Use the following headings to plan your layout:


Personal statement

Keep it to about 50 words, highlight relevant experience, key attributes and goals.


Contact details

Include your name, address, telephone number and e-mail.


Work experience

List your most recent position first and focus on the outcome of your work;

Include role, organisation, dates, main responsibilities and achievements;

Provide specific details on your personal role rather than the team;

Include factual information where possible on size of project, any values etc;

Include all roles over the last 10 years particularly if you have been at an organisation for a long time.


Skills

List your skills related to your profession, IT packages you’ve used, foreign languages etc.


Education & Professional Qualifications

List your most recent studies first.


Hobbies and interests

Optional but gives the interviewer an insight into your personality.


References

Optional to provide full details.


Keep it simple

Steer clear of long paragraphs, bullet points are easier to read.


Tailor your CV

Making the effort to tailor your CV to highlight relevant experience for the role you’re applying for will increase your chances of securing an interview.


Show what makes you unique

There could be hundreds of candidates applying for the same job as you. As well as looking for skills, employers are looking for solutions. So don’t just explain what you’ve done, stand out by letting the employer know how can you make a positive impact, highlighting notable achievements in previous roles is one of the best ways to do this.


Keep your CV up-to-date

It's often difficult to remember projects you have been involved with and achievements you have made. To avoid missing these out revisit your CV every month, adding anything of importance and cutting out unnecessary information.


Check and re-check

It’s easy to make mistakes on your CV so check it for spelling and grammatical errors as these are one of the first things employers use to filter out candidates. Finally get someone to look over it before you send it to an employer or upload it onto a website