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How To Create a CV

When applying for jobs, there are a few simple things such as spell checking, updating your previous roles and highlighting relevant experience that can help you secure the job you’re applying for.

Our experience answering candidates’ questions on how they can show their skills to employers has helped us create this one-stop guide to perfecting your CV.

Click on the headings below to find out more.

1. Structure
  • It’s sometimes hard to know where to begin, but the layout of your CV is key to making sure the employer can find the right information with a quick scan.
  • Open your CV with your name and contact details. Include a small summary section about your skills and background so that it is clear to the reader whether you are likely to have the relevant qualifications for the role. Don’t try telling the reader how wonderful you are – your experience should speak for itself.
  • Make sure everything is aligned correctly and check the font is consistent across your CV.
  • Explain your most recent experience first then work backwords, reducing the amount of detail for old jobs.
2. Don't overcomplicate
  • For your CV, it’s always better to use shorter, bullet pointed lines and make your points as simply as possible. Don’t make the layout too complicated.
  • Try and avoid words that don’t add anything to what you’re trying to say. You might think that longer words would impress an employer but they’d much prefer you to say it simply.
  • Try and keep your points under two lines because too much writing can look unprofessional and suggest you’re lacking confidence.
  • Most CVs should be no more than 3 pages. For technical backgrounds you can add a skills summary at the end.
  • Your educational qualifications should be limited to the highest level obtained.
3. Show, don't tell
  • To convince an employer to hire you, facts and statistics are much more effective at demonstrating what you do rather than detail with nothing to back it up. Provide examples of major successes or achievements if relevant.
  • The key is to make sure everything you write and any examples that you use demonstrate how this experience qualifies you for this specific role.
  • If you refer to problem-solving or dealing with difficult situations, ensure you avoid any negative terminology and use positive words to show how this challenge has developed your skills.

 

4. Tailor your CV
  • Although you’re probably applying for jobs in the same sector, it is important that you rewrite aspects of your CV to tailor it for the individual company you’re applying to and the specific role you’re applying for.
  • If you can pick out key words from the job description, it not only shows that you’ve studied the company but also indicates an attention to detail that not every person has.

 

5. Provide all of your information

 

  • Ensure you include a covering letter which outlines the geographical area that you would be prepared to work in, your phone number, your current salary, your notice period and the type of role you’re looking for.
  • If the job description asks for something specific from you such as your availability, make sure you include this in your covering letter.
  • Include at least two references and ensure you highlight how every interest or work experience has contributed to making you ready for this specific role.

If you need any more advice on how to put together the perfect CV, our team are always on hand to help you secure the role of your dreams if you call
0161 452 0452.

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