How to write a CV

A CV is the first chance you get to introduce yourself and impress an employer. You want to make a bigger impression on the company than all the other applicants and stand out from the crowd.

However, there is a fine line between being impressive and being excessive (trust us, we have seen many kinds of CV’s!)

CVs are becoming increasingly popular when applying for positions now so here are a few tips on how to write an impressive CV.

What is a CV?

A CV is a brief description of your education, qualifications, and previous work experience. A CV shouldn’t be pages and pages long, it’s not a booklet; it should be a summary of you and your background in your working life! CV is actually short for ‘Curriculum Vitae’ which is Latin for ‘Course of life’.

What to include in a CV?

Each CV will be different depending on the job you are applying for, but more employers will be looking for the following:

  • Personal Details – Any employer who is going to be viewing your CV needs to know whose CV they are viewing and how they can contact you, either via contact number or email address. You don’t need to include your full address but just the area you currently live in, so the employer knows where you are located.
  • Personal Statement – Here is where you describe yourself and sound like the ideal candidate to the employer in a small paragraph. Including things such as who you are, what your working goals are and what you can bring to the company.
  • Skills / Qualifications/ Achievements – Make sure you are including all your skills and qualifications that are relevant to the position you are applying for. This will also show the employer how much of a great candidate you are.
  • Work experience – This is the main part of the show! The part where you really sell yourself and hopefully bag the job! Don’t forget to include employment dates (from and to), company name, job title and the duties you conducted in that role. (bullet pointing them will make it easier for the employer to read). Always order your work experience in reverse chronological order as employers are more interested in your most recently positions over what you did many moons ago!
  • References – you can add references at the end of your CV, but you can also give these to the employer on interview. References to employers can be important because it means they don’t just have to ‘take your word’ for the duties you say you have done on your CV; they can confirm this with previous employers.

CV Tips:

  1. Make sure your CV is easy to read by using an easy-to-read font like Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman.
  2. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR SPELLING! Either use a dictionary or spell check to ensure everything is spelt correctly – no one wants a messy CV.
  3. Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for – highlight certain strengths and skills that are relevant to the job role.
  4. Be truthful about the information you are adding onto your CV – don’t feel the need to exaggerate on certain skills or experiences as this can damage your impression on the company.
  5. Be confident and sell yourself – this is your time to shine and really sell yourself to the employer!

 

Once you have created your CV don’t forget to submit your CV to our website as we have amazing new positions available!