Writing a CV can be the most rewarding action you take when trying to obtain a new job. Write a good concise CV and you are more than half way to getting the job. But write one with lack of care and you will not even get an interview, let alone a job. Although we are more than happy to write you a CV, clients regularly request the candidates own CVs, so here are a few rules that should help you produce or check your own:
1. Concentrate on the essentials
- A CV must be brief: in most cases one to two pages are sufficient. In any event, do not exceed three pages.
- If your work experience is limited, describe your education and training first; highlight work placements during training.
2. Be clear and concise
- Use short sentences.
- Concentrate on the relevant aspects of your training and work experience.
- Explain any breaks in your studies or career.
3. Adapt your CV to suit the post you are applying for.
- Before sending your CV to an employer, check that it corresponds to the profile required.
- Do not include work experience or training which is not relevant to the application.
- Highlight your advantages according to the specific needs of the prospective employer.
- Beware: do not artificially inflate your CV; if you do, you are likely to be found out at interview.
4. Take care over the presentation of your CV
- Set out your skills and competences clearly and logically, so that your advantages stand out.
- Pay attention to details such as spelling and punctuation.
- NB: Print your CV on white paper. We suggest Arial 10 or 11 pt as the font (this is Arial 10pt).
5. Check your CV once you have filled it in
- Remove any spelling mistakes, and ensure it is laid out clearly and logically.
- Have someone else re-read your CV so that you are sure the content is clear and easy to understand.