CVs: Do’s and Don’ts

Writing a perfect CV is vital in this society. Regardless of job aspirations, you should have a CV that caters to all opportunities. However, it can be difficult to plan and write a CV if you have no idea where to start! Therefore, we have constructed this blog to help anyone in need of a little support when writing a CV.

What should I include in my CV?

  1. Personal details – Making sure that personal details such as: your name, contact numbers, e-mail address and living address. This will ensure nothing is missed when regarding contact information. By placing this information on the top of your CV, it will be visible throughout the whole document!
  2. Personal Statement – This is all about you! What is going to make you stand out from everyone else. It explains who you are, what you are offering, why you are suitable and what you are looking for! You really need to be confident in yourself for this paragraph.
  3. Work experience – This section of your CV must include all the work experience you have had in the past. You should note where it was, your job title, how long you were there, your key responsibilities and skills.
  4. Education – As well as work experience, you must note down the qualifications that you have acquired. Along with your qualifications, you should list when you got them, where you got them and the type of qualification you have received.
  5. Hobbies and interests – This are the part where you can give some evidence for you personal statement. Adding your interests is optional. However, it could make you appear to be approachable if they are relevant.

What should I leave out?

Generic language – When you are attempting to impress, using generic language will only make blend in with every other CV on the prosects market. Using a certain, bland form of language will bore the employer.

SPaG – Standing for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. To make your CV stand out, and even readable, you need ensure that your spelling, punctuation and grammar is correct! Over 50% of employers lose faith in an application if they spot poor spelling. So, check and check again!

Do not write too much – its important to understand that less is more! Too much writing will bore the employer and odds are, they will not read it.

How should I present my CV?

  • Keep you CV simple, short and sweet! Avoid using anything too complicated in efforts to impress. The most effective CVs are just informative, but they are also concise and easy!
  • Your CV should ideally take up no more than two sides of A4.
  • Put your strongest points first and make sure that you organise your achievements in chronological order.
  • Use bullet points! They are an effective way to draw the employer in. Bullet point help make CVs concise and easy to read.
  • Use a professional font, something that is easy to read!

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