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A Guide to Writing Your CV

A good CV gives employers a concise and accurate summary of your qualifications and career. It is an essential tool in today’s job market, and worth spending some time on to get right. Once you have created your CV it should only need to be updated as and when required. It needs to get you noticed whilst still looking professional.

Ensure your CV includes the following information:

  • Full name, address and contact details (mobile number & email address if applicable).
  • A personality profile paragraph, which summarises your professional and personal attributes. Try to think of your unique selling skills i.e. problem solver or leadership qualities. Think about including career achievements.
  • Then detail your work experience/career. Start with your most recent position and work backwards. Include dates of employment, job title, employer’s details and key responsibilities.
  • Remember to account for any lengthy gaps in your career i.e. travelling or bringing up children.
  • Detail your education and qualifications from secondary school onwards. Include dates and grades if applicable.
  • Training courses can also be listed if applicable to your career.
  • A quick paragraph detailing your software knowledge is also an idea.

Layout and presentation advice:

  • Use a logical order and sufficient spacing.
  • Use short sentences and bullet points where you can.
  • Use consistently sized headings and highlight/bold your subject headings.
  • Choose a clear and professional typeface i.e. Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Aim for 2 sides of A4 and no more.
  • Check and double-check your work! Ask someone to proof read your work for spelling mistakes or grammar errors.
  • Be honest and don’t be tempted to “bend” the truth.
  • Keep your CV up to date.
  • Always send a covering letter/email and reiterate why you believe you have the right skills.
  • Use positive and pro-active words, such as 'hard working', 'reliable' and 'adaptable'.

Remember your Consultant at 22 Personnel can help you with further advice on creating your CV.