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CV advice


You know best what to put on your CV but here are a few ideas on what we find works well:


Your CV will be as long as it needs to be. If you have lots of experience you’ll have more to tell, just don’t miss anything off or leave any unexplained gaps in time.


Within reason, go for whatever style you like – as long as its clear, easy to read and logical. A white background is easier to read than a coloured one.

  • Always list your jobs in reverse chronological order (most recent job first)
  • Keep it factual
  • A short paragraph at the start giving an overview of you and your major skills is very popular, but do remember that this can be seen as rather subjective
  • Use bullet points to list key responsibilities and achievements for each role
  • A client wants to employ a real person. Its ok to say a little bit about what you do outside work – but keep it brief and remember your passion may not be the reader’s passion.
Key words

If you are actively seeking a new role and want recruiters to find you on Linked-In or other CV sources, remember to use plenty of key words so that you come up in the right searches.

Tailor it

You can change your CV to highlight relevant skills and experience for each individual job application. Make sure your CV clearly shows a potential employer that you are the right person for their vacancy


Your overall aim is to make your CV as clear and reader-friendly as possible. The person reading your CV may well just scan read it to pick up key points and experience.


Download our CV templates:


CV template 1 CV template 2 CV template 3

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