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CV Guide

Many people take a matter of 10 seconds to make a judgement about whether they will consider a CV. It is vital that your CV is very clearly formatted and well written.

Adapt your CV for different roles, one size doesn't fit all. Look closely at job descriptions to make sure you understand what the employer is looking for and be ready to adapt your CV to match their requirements.

The following will, we hope, help you to write a good CV, and avoid any howlers. Please ask your consultant for their opinion and advice.

The Basics

Personal information

Name, address, phone number and email address. Nationality, age, marital status are optional but why not give the employer as full a picture of yourself as you can? If you are a foreign national, give your Visa/Work Permit status.

Personal profile

The purpose being to highlight your key strengths and career plans. Proceed with caution! Many profiles are little more than a list of buzz words. Justify the strengths you quote with evidence and only focus on a few. If you have a clear career plan that relates to the role you are applying for then quote it, otherwise leave it out.

Work Experience

List your most recent position first. Include the job title, company name, location and dates of employment for each company. Make sure you provide a clear overview of your role, and then detail your achievements in the role. Try to quantify your achievements.

If you have moved jobs within the same group or if your company has changed name ensure you make it clear that you had continuous employment.

If you have had a spell during which you had a number of short tenures it is legitimate to summarise the period rather than list each employment. But don't leave gaps - you will be asked about them!

Education

Again, most recent first. If you are degree qualified, name the university. List qualification and grades attained. If school qualifications are a distant memory don't detail your grades in any depth. If you have only part-completed a course, make it clear. Don't leave an impression that you are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of an interviewer.

Skills/Work related courses

For some roles, it is worth listing or summarising training courses. Stick to those that are relevant for the role.

Interests

Worth including to give the interviewer a further insight in to your personality. Avoid things that might look too general or wishy-washy such as socialising with friends, reading, going to the cinema. And also things that might give an impression that you have too strong a focus outside work.

Other considerations

Check, check, check!

If you proof check your own CV you are very likely to leave mistakes in it. Get someone else to check it. It's a good idea to read it out loud too - if it doesn't sound right then tweak it.

Length

Most CVs we see from the UK are two pages. If you are going above that it must be extremely well laid out.

Format

Don't add images or colour, keep formatting simple and consistent. Use Word rather than PDF. PDF will not fit in with many companies' systems.