Below are eight tips on how to tell your future employers ‘this is me and this is what I can do’. We’ve also created a check list to cover the essentials that your CV must include, and if you’re still not sure how to start, take a look at out three simple CV templates.

Top Tips

Be honest

A recruiter will check your CV with you in your interview and/or when asking for references.

Keep it up to date

Update your CV regularly even if you aren’t looking for a new role. It is much easier to keep your CV up to date if you add new experiences, skills and achievements as they happen in your career, rather than trying to remember at a later date.

Don’t leave gaps

If there are gaps in your CV, recruiters and potential employers are likely to be suspicious and not continue with your application. If you do have gaps, state why and make it sound positive.

Personal statement

Starting your CV with a personal statement gives you the opportunity to summarise your more important skills, achievements and experiences whilst telling the reader who you are and what you can do.

Make it concise

A full academic and technical CV can be as long as four or five sides of A4 and this should not be exceeded. High competition for job vacancies means large numbers of applicants. Recruiters will spend less than a minute scanning CVs for first selection so with this in mind, make sure your CV is detailed but to the point, just two sides of A4 may be all that you need.

Use facts

Don’t just tell the recruiter about your achievements, back them up with facts and show how this made a difference.

Proof read, proofread, and then proofread again

Any spelling or grammar mistakes will make it easier for the recruiter to reject your CV. Make sure you use the spellchecker on your computer and if possible, ask a friend to read it for you. First impressions count – Before the recruiter starts to read your CV they will see how it’s formatted. If it looks messy and difficult to follow, it will be rejected. So it’s worth spending time thinking about the layout of your CV, making sure it’s easy to read and flows correctly.

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