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CV Advice

Your CV is your personal marketing tool highlighting your main selling points to a recruiter. Above all else, it must demonstrate your suitability for the role and reflect precisely how your skills, experience and personal characteristics match what they are looking for.

Most job seekers use a one size fits all approach to creating a CV and applying for jobs. However, a generic CV won’t necessarily make a favourable impression in today’s highly competitive job market. Making the effort to tailor your CV (as much as you can) to the requirements of th post you are actually applying for, as this will greatly increase your chances of being invited for an interview.

Formatting

  • Your CV should be no more than 2 pages long
  • Try to avoid writing your CV in the first person 'I'
  • It should be a Microsoft Word document and not a pdf file
  • The font size should be no smaller than 10 point and no bigger than 12 - justify & align the text from both the left & right-hand margins
  • Leave a blank line between sections
  • Remain consistent with the tense used
  • Avoid long paragraphs of text - better still, adopt a bullet point format instead
  • Avoid generalisation and support statements with specific examples
  • Do not used jargon or abbreviations that might confuse the reader
  • Use phrases throughout that indicate your enthusiasm for the job
  • Ensure that your spell checker is set to UK English and proof read it for spelling and grammatical errors
  • Checked there are no gaps in your history

Personal Details Section

  • Include your name (not the words Curriculum Vitae) in bold format at the top of the page
  • Include your full address and telephone number so that you can be contacted easily
  • Include your e-mail address

Career Objective / Personal Profile Section

  • Write a brief description of what you studied, your skills and qualities, employment experience, etc. relevant to the post you are applying for
  • Should be no longer than 3 sentences or 4-5 lines

Education Section

  • Include the full title and details of your most recent course first and then work back
  • Include start and end dates for each institution attended
  • List the modules most relevant to the application
  • Include expected degree classification (if appropriate)
  • Include brief details of your main project/dissertation
  • Include details your pre-degree education and qualifications with grades achieved

Work Experience Section

  • Start with your most recent experience and work back
  • Name the company/organisation
  • Include start and end dates
  • State the nature of the company/organisation’s business
  • Include your job title
  • Give a brief summary of your main duties and responsibilities

Skills Section

  • Include a skills profile highlighting the skills you possess that are relevant to the role
  • Provide evidence of how have you developed them.  
  • List them in order of priority  
  • Demonstrate clearly your other ‘employability skills’

Interests

  • Concentrate on a few interests rather than giving a long list
  • If possible, demonstrate examples of skills and competencies that the employer is looking for