CV Hints & Tips
Find out what are the employer's key criteria and tailor your CV to fit.
- Don't just say what you 'do', say what you have 'achieved'
- Show tangible results in the form of performance against targets (ideally as a %); growth compared to previous year; position in any league tables etc
- Don't waffle or write too much (2 pages at the most)
- Be positive about your strengths
- Be truthful
- Ensure the document is well presented, has accurate dates, has no spelling mistakes and is consistent in it’s layout
Remember to tailor your CV both to the job and to the employer to whom you are applying. This is a perfectly acceptable practice so long as you always tell the truth.
CV Headings & Lay-Out
Name, address, etc.
This is a snapshot: a quick reference for the employer and should simply be a brief paragraph about yourself relating to the position for which you are applying. Make it attention grabbing and succinct, ensuring that the employer reads on!
This is the section most employers will first turn to when they have a pile of CVs to assess. If you get your dates wrong or put in too much irrelevant detail then you may just be pushed to one side.
Get the basics right here.
Start with the most recent employer and work backwards. Give dates (month and year), company name and location, job title, job details. Check the dates are correct and there are no unexplained gaps. Give appropriate achievements, as above, for each position.
When you write the job details make sure you focus on what you have achieved. Be specific and provide figures where possible. Remember that your future employer will be looking for what value you can add to the bottom line of their business, so show them what targets you have achieved and what responsibilities you can take on. The importance of relevant achievements cannot be overstated.
Summary of qualifications and training
List only Secondary and further Educational qualifications. Give dates, name of establishment and name of qualification gained.
Relevant Training Courses
This section should contain any job related or management courses etc. that you think will be of interest to this future employer.
This gives the future employer a glimpse of the type of person you are. Give very brief details and include any major achievements which you think would be of interest to them in an interview.
Either provide a couple of good referees (ideally past employers) or, if you would prefer to leave these confidential until later on in the recruitment process, then just print 'Supplied upon request'.