How to Create a Good CV

Your CV should accomplish 3 things;

1. Create a good first impression
2. Clearly detail your experience and achievements
3. Secure an interview


 ok DO 

  • Keep it brief! Aim for 2 pages - 3 max
  • Ensure it is well laid out & easy to read; use bullet points / tabs and bold text where relevant, justify text and leave some white space
  • Check for spelling and grammatical errors, don’t just rely on spell check on your PC get somebody else to read over it too
  • Include enough information to make it interesting, making them want to know more. Too much information will bore them!
  • Focus on key points that you can expand on at interview
  • Put your work history in chronological order putting your most recent experience first
  • Ensure your employment dates are concurrent and make sure you account for any gaps
  • Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for focussing on the words used in the advert
  • Be honest...if you fabricate the truth you will be caught out!
  • Make it positive highlighting your strengths, successes and achievements
  • Attach a short covering letter/email to accompany your CV identifying the job you are applying for. You can use this letter to provide more details on areas where space was limited on your CV
  • Make sure you have the names/contact details of 2 referees who are happy to provide a good reference


remove DON'T 

  • Waffle or make it too ‘wordy’
  • Use unusual fonts or decorative borders / photos etc
  • Give inaccurate or misleading information, if a recruiter picks up on false claims you could be put in an awkward position during interview and rapidly rejected.
  • Leave career gaps may look suspicious. If you have spent time travelling or bringing up your family then say so.
  • Mention irrelevant personal circumstances!


CV FORMAT -What it should include;

Your Personal Details

Put your title and full name, address, phone/mobile numbers and email address at the top of the page

A Personal Profile

A professional short snapshot about you, your key strengths, skills, qualities and experience including a brief of what you are looking for and future aspirations, using positive words that will make you appeal to the recruiter

Key Skills

If relevant, list some work-related achievements and competencies relating to the position that will make you stand out. Keep it short and concise.

Work History  

Start with the most recent first and work backwards. If you have a long work history with lots of short-term temporary positions then summarise them. Put the company name & nature of its business, your position and accurate from and to dates. Then list the key duties & responsibilities in bullet format making it easy to read. Don’t include reasons for leaving each job on your CV but be prepared to answer this at interview.

Education / Qualifications

Put these in date order listing the most recent first, putting your highest grade of each qualification first. Don’t detail all GCSE’s unless you have left education in recent years, just summarise them.

IT / Software Skills

State your IT skills and experience here along with your level of proficiency i.e basic, good or excellent for each.

Additional Information  

Bullet point anything relevant here such as clean driving licence and car owner, Visa Details, Language skills, voluntary/charity/fundraising projects you are involved in, first aider etc