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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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