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yourcvYour CV is the most important document you will need for your job hunt and it is worth taking time to make sure it is the best it can be and that it is tailored for each role you apply for.

Here are some tips on how to write a strong CV, one which will get you noticed and sell your skills and expeirences to their very best. 

If you require a CV template, you can download one using this link [INLINKED].

 

What information should a CV include?

Remember, when we review your CV we will be considering you for not only the role to which you have applied but, also, the organisation you are applying to. 

A good CV should include information under the headings below.  The order in which you present these can be varied slightly should tailored to promote your suitability for each particular application, according to the description/specifications of the particular job.

Your CV should ideally cover no more than three pages.

 

Personal details

  • Do set out your contact details clearly and visibly (postal and e-mail addresses and phone number/s) on the first page;
  • Do include a·profile or personal overview statement covering your strengths in the relevant area, skills and experience, and the type of position sought;
  • Do·state any work permit/current visa that you have; and
  • Don't state date of birth or marital status if you do not wish to, these are not mandatory.

 

Education and qualifications

  • Do include the names of institutions you studied at and the dates you attended them, in reverse chronological order;
  • Do state the grade you attained for your degree and the pass rate for any professional qualification/s taken;
  • Don't state every subject studied at GCSE or A Level stage unless you feel they are relevant to the role you are applying for;
  • Do include computer skills and genuine foreign language skills; and
  • Do include any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role to which you have applied.

 

Work experience

  • Do place each position you have held in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recent first) on your CV;
  • Make sure there are no unexplained gaps;
  • Do list all relevant responsibilities, skills, projects and achievements against each role;
  • Do use the correct tense for work experience; i.e. list responsibilities in your current role in the present tense (e.g. compiling monthly reports) but in the past tense for previous roles (e.g. compiled monthly reports);
  • Do emphasize more recent jobs; provide more information on more recent jobs;
  • Do use a bullet point format and make each point clear and concise;
  • Don't write your work experience in paragraph;
  • Don't include excessive detail that is not directly relevant to your application;
  • If you have worked for acompany for many years or have undertaken various interim roles, break your experience down with an entry for each position or project dealt with;
  • For each position held provide the dates (month and year is sufficient) worked and briefly describe your key responsibilities and work undertaken;
  • Include your key achievements, not just regular tasks;
  • Under a separate heading, provide details of any professional memberships, voluntary, board and/or charity experience, again listing the dates worked and key responsibilities; and
  • Do state that references are 'available on request'.

 

General Tips

  • Your CV should be clear, concise and easy to read;
  • Explain any gaps in career history, double-check your details, avoid falsehoods and inaccuracies;
  • Double check the entire CV carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes and to ensure that each point makes sense;
  • Ask a neutral person to review the whole document before you send it;
  • Bear in mind that potential employers will use the details you have provided to form some interview questions;
  • There is no need to include your reasons for leaving each job on your CV but be prepared to answer these questions in your interview;
  • Current salary details should not be included;
  • Don't include excessive detail that is not directly relevant to your application; and
  • Avoid heavy formatting, such as repeatedly highlighting specific words in bold or colours, and exclamation marks. This can overcomplicate the CV making it difficult to digest.
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