Writing a great CV
Published: 08 Nov 2012
Your CV is one of the most important tools you have to ensure you get invited to interview and secure a new job.
Here are ten things you need to do to ensure you create a winning CV:
- Make sure you have all the information to hand before putting pen to paper. Old CVs, a list of skills you have and your relevant experience is a really good starting point.
- Make your CV easy to read, concise and straight forward – stick to two pages, use bullet points and prioritise information.
- Write down all your headings and gather together all relevant supporting points.
- Review the job description and make sure your CV reflects what your prospective employer is looking for. Take out anything that isn’t relevant.
- Double check that your personal information is accurate (such as your name, address and contact details) and be sure to include a short personal statement.
- Use short bullet points to summarise your career history, showcasing your experience, achievements and skills. And don’t forget to fill in any gaps in time by explaining what you were up to.
- List your education and qualifications in reverse order – the most recent comes first.
- Use hobbies and interests to show you have skills outside work that an employer might find useful: team sports show the ability to work effectively with others; charity work may have given you responsibility; crafts may show attention to detail.
- Be sure to include the details of at least two referees and make certain they’re prepared to vouch for you.
- Finally, get someone else to read through your draft CV and take on board their feedback.
Download our handy guide to Writing a great CV for more hints and tips.