Writing a great CV
Firstly, while writing your CV, always consider that this is
your first - and possibly only - opportunity to sell yourself to a
prospective employer. The reader of the CV has no idea of your
strengths and experiences and won't ever do unless you highlight
Remember: you won't get an interview without a
What should I include in my CV?
Firstly, you should adapt your CV for each role you apply for.
Read the role profile and make sure that each required element of
the role is covered in your CV.
For example, if a role requires "team-working skills", don't
just tell the employer you have the skill, give quick examples in
your employment history of when you have shown the skill.
Remember that anything you include in your CV is likely to be
discussed - or questioned - at interview stage so, while you should
sell yourself, you do need to be truthful.
It is a good idea to start your CV with a personal profile
highlighting your unique selling points or the reason why you are
perfect for the role you are applying for.
Designing your CV
Most word-processing packages have a number of CV templates for
you to use - if you are unsure this is a great place to start.
Despite this, a non-standard CV can set you out from the crowd -
particularly if you are looking at a career in the creative
As a rough guide, your CV should include:
- Personal statement
- Contact details
- Employment history (usually from current employment
- Details of your skills
- Education and training
- Additional information (don't forget to include any details
about clubs/associations you are a member of)
Here are some basic tips on CV writing:
- Sell yourself but be truthful
- Consider length of your CV - be wary of going above three
- Make an immediate impact. The reader is unlikely to read
all three pages of your CV if they don't see anything relevant
in the first half a page
- Consider relevance - spend more time highlighting your recent
experience than what you did ten years ago
- Spell check your CV
- Read your CV back carefully for grammar and spelling (spell
check doesn't pick up everything)
- Distinguish yourself - avoid cliches like "socialising with
- If you do include your hobbies, consider the connotations of
these - i.e. does "reading" make you appear solitary?
- Chose an easy-to-read font - avoid "script" fonts that are hard
on the eye
- Most CVs are never printed so make sure it reads well on
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