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.