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How to create a great CV

  • August 31, 2016
 

Your CV is often the first impression an employer will get of you; it's vital that you get it right and sell yourself. What key points do you want your prospective employer to know about you? What are they looking for and how will you get it across that you have those skills and experience?

Here are our tips, we hope you find them useful:

  1. Don't use long paragraphs. Recruiters see many, many CV's and they need to be able to scan over them. Write short, concise sentences and stick to the point.
  2. Include your greatest achievements, using positive words that reinforce how suitable you are for the role.
  3. Ensure the dates of each employment are consistent and match up.
  4. Be honest. It's not true that ""everyone lies on their CV"" - and lies may trip you up later.
  5. Think about the types of role you're applying for - move the relevant skills and qualifications towards the top and if you're running out of space, get rid of the less relevant facts.
  6. Don't include details that aren't needed, for example your date of birth, nationality or marital status. An employer doesn't need to know this information and only relevant facts should be included.
  7. Education doesn't need to come first - start with your most relevant work experience.
  8. Describe your key skills, responsibilities and achievments in a logical and organised way.
  9. Avoid clichés like ""I am hard-working"" - find a different way to portray this, for example, listing achievements and giving short examples of work or special projects you've been involved with, or where you felt you went above and beyond.
  10. Read it through several times, and ask a friend to check it for you as well - don't rely on your spell checker, it won't spot that you used 'their' instead of 'there', for example.

Good luck finding your next job!