CV tips

Your CV is your gateway to that first conversation or interview, so it really needs to create the right impact straight away

To help you achieve this, we’ve put together the following tips and advice:

  • Use clear, simple language that’s easy to digest
  • Try to keep your CV to one or two pages, play with the font size & margins to try to fill pages neatly
  • Have a clear personal profile, tying together your main areas of expertise, adding your personality & aims, which can be tweaked for different roles
  • Create key skills bullet points which again can be tweaked to the role you are applying for
  • In your employment section, start with your most recent role and work back
  • Use bullet points to outline duties for each role – starting with the most relevant to the job you are applying for, also don’t forget to include your achievements
  • If you have a run of short-term contracts, group them together with a heading of the dates from & to, and one line for each company, title & a very short explanation
  • With employers you have had multiple roles with, have the year started and finished at the top of that role section so it’s clear that the roles below fall under that organisation
  • Try to include relevant keywords in your text so recruiters can easily find you
  • Re-read your CV the next day and ask a friend to as well, so you can proof out any errors