Tips for writing your CV
Your CV is your chance to show a hiring manager the experience and skills you have. It’s about selling yourself and showing them you’re the right person for the role. Below is some basic advice and guidance on what to include to create a great CV. After reading this you can choose to build your CV using our online CV builder by entering your information.
Your personal details
- You should include your name, address and contact details (clearly visible/bold at the top)
- There’s no need to include your age, marital status or nationality. Hiring managers should be able to make a decision about your skills and abilities without this information.
- If you’re adding your personal email address to your contact details make sure that it sounds professional and creates the right impression.
- You may also want to add a link to a professional social media website like LinkedIn. If you do, check that your profile shows you in a positive light and doesn’t contain anything you wouldn’t want an employer to see.
Your personal profile
Your personal profile is a mini-advert for you and should summarise in a couple of sentences, your:
- Skills and qualities
- Work experience and achievements
- Career aims
It should only be a few lines and must grab the reader's attention. Try to avoid over-used terms, such as 'reliable', 'hard working', 'team player', 'good communication skills' etc. These general terms are heard very often and they don't help to build up a picture of you.
Employment history and work experience
- In this section you should start with your present or most recent role and work backwards
- You should include the employer, the dates you worked for them, job title and your main duties
- Provide more detail on the roles you've had that are very relevant to the role you are applying for and give examples of the skills you used and what you achieved
- Use bullet pointed lists and positive language
- Try thinking of ‘action’ words that you can use to describe what you did in your role, like achieved, designed, established, supervised, co-ordinated, created or transformed
- Make an effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular role you are applying for as it can greatly increase your chances of securing an interview
- Take time to understand the qualities and skills a hiring manager is looking for, check against the role profile and relook at your achievements and skills and draw out the ones that will help you be successful in the role you are applying for
- Avoid unexplained gaps in your employment history. If you had time out travelling, job seeking, volunteering or caring for a relative, include this along with details of what you've learned and skills you’ve gained
Education and training
Start with your most recent qualifications and work back to the ones you got at school.
- the university, college or school you went to
- the dates the qualifications were awarded and any grades
- any work-related courses, if they're relevant.
Interests and achievements
You can include hobbies, interests and achievements that are relevant to the role. For example, if you're involved in any clubs or societies this can show that you enjoy meeting new people. A CV shouldn’t be too long though, so don’t go into too much detail in this section.
- You can list your referees on your CV or just put 'references available on request'.
- If you decide to include their details you should state the relationship of each referee to you – for example 'John Smith, Line Manager'.
- You should check with the individual you want to be your referee that they are happy to provide references, before you list them as a referee.
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