Our CV Writing Guide
We know that a bad CV can prevent you from getting an interview. The difference between good and bad is a little extra time spent in preparation. To help you if you are in the middle of redrafting or even creating a new CV, we have created this handy CV Writing Guide.
A CV isn’t supposed to be a work of art, nor is it the place for gimmicks. As such, you need to regard your CV as
The “Right” Way
Unfortunately, there isn’t the “one” way that is right when writing a CV. But, there are many places that can negatively affect the perception of the reader. So, we have come up with some simple rules to help you out:
- Make your CV easy to read. Your potential employer will be 50-100 CVs, keeping it concise with a clear layout will ensure that all of your hard work is read.
- Avoid lengthy paragraphs. A CV should arouse interest and not give every detail. Extra details should be
filledduring the interview stage.
- There is no set length for a CV. But, a general rule of thumb is that after 3 pages’ people have a tendency to become bored. So keep it short and concise.
- Try to use a good standard of English, avoiding a conversational tone, slang or jargon. If you struggle with this get someone with a good command of English to proofread your CV.
Presentation Is Important
The way that your CV looks
- Bold key terms like your name, date, name of employers, and job titles.
- Carefully think about your layout. Use subtitles so the reader knows what information is next and leave plenty of space in between paragraphs. Bullet pointing key information is important as well.
- Use a professional font, it makes it easier to read!
- Include a brief customised letter with every CV. It should highlight a few key relevant skills and make the reader want to read more.
- Do not do the following: date a CV, attach you photo or enclose a salary (unless requested).
Using some of the tips above, we’ll give you an example of what your employment history could look like. You want to list employment in reverse chronological order,
Remember to include any achievements because this adds extra value. They are also an opportunity to really sell yourself- remember to use facts and statistics to support what you write.
Jan 2016-Present ABC Ltd Assistant Manager
Feb 2016-2016 FGH Ltd Assistant manager
For job-seekers that are looking for their first opportunity, try to include as much relevant experience as possible. This can include vocational training and extracurricular commitments e.g. being a trainer for a local football club. It will show that you have valuable transferable skills. Which will help if you do not have much work experience under your
Try to not include reasons as to why you have left previous roles, as the reader may interpret this a
Although you want to keep this section short, we do encourage that you include your
There is no need to include full references in your CV, as they tend to be requested by the employer after your interview, Simply put ‘References Available On Request’ at the end of your CV.
We hope you have found our CV writing guide helpful, remember that there is no set way to write your CV. However careful planning is the key to success, if you are looking for additional support don’t hesitate in contacting us today on 0116 262 3733.