Make sure your CV gets you to that important interview!
Your CV should be easily read by the hiring manager – use bullet points and small paragraphs. Do NOT write an essay.
Writing a good CV takes time – this is your opportunity to sell yourself and shows the hiring manager you are the best person for the job.
- Include your personal details – name, address, phone number and email. People often forget them! Do not include your age or a photograph unless specifically asked to do so.
- Add a profile – Tell the hiring manager who you are.
- When you write your employment history and education details put your most recent achievements first.
- You can sound professional without using jargon. Remember that the person looking at your CV might not be an expert in your field.
- Use ‘doing’ words on your CV such as ‘developed’ or ‘organised’. This makes you sounds active and not passive.
- Don’t talk about your social life unless your activities display an important skill such as leadership or teamwork.
- Most importantly, proofread your CV. There should be no spelling, punctuation or grammar errors: unprofessional CVs are rejected.
Don’t forget to use a covering letter and make sure you tailor this to the job you are applying for.