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How to write a great CV

How to write a CV that will really help you get an interview

Your CV is your ticket to an interview and must sell you. It should be presented professionally, and in a way that indicates you are an ideal person for the job. Here is our advice:


Personal Details

  • Make sure your personal details are clear, correct and at the top
  • Name, Address (could be just County rather than full address but helpful for recruiters and HR teams) email & contact number
  • You can also add a link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website


Personal Profile

  • Statement that describe you and your personal strengths as well as your career aspirations
  • Tailor this to the job role you’re applying for & keep it brief



  • You can add your skills into your personal profile / work experience, or add an additional Skills section onto your CV
  • Ensure you pick out the key skills relevant for the role (or types of role) you are applying for
  • Add any skills you feel will help you stand out from the crowd


Work Experience:

  • Add job title, company and employment dates (length of, dates from and to)
  • List in reverse-chronological order (current job first)
  • Only list experience that is relevant – pick out 6-8 key bullet points
  • Add achievements – How did you add value in the role?
  • Keep it factual (figures and timescales) – prospective employers look for quantitative information
  • If there are gaps in employment, explain these
  • More recent roles are more relevant and will require more detail than the part time role you may have had whilst studying


Education & Qualifications:

  • List your education: educational institutions, dates of attendance, qualifications and grades achieved.
  • If you have recently graduated or you are applying for a graduate role it’s probably better to  list your education before work experience
  • Include any other qualifications from either work experience or education which are relevant to the role.


Interests & Hobbies:

  • Mentioning interests and hobbies on a CV isn’t a necessity, however if you choose to add these keep it relevant and only include if they add real value



  • Make sure your CV is tailored to the role you are applying for
  • Be honest and consistent
  • Proofread! Check and double check your spelling and grammar


CV layout

  • Try to aim for around 2 to 3 pages of A4 (more if needed but be careful of adding too much detail and losing the key focus)
  • Create your CV in Word
  • Use simple fonts, like Arial in font size 10 or 11
  • Avoid borders, colours and images


Please see our CV ADVICE for more information including free CV templates.

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Nicola Hedges, Lead Senior Recruitment Consultant

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