A well written CV is essential to ensure you present your skills to a potential employer in the best way possible.
- A good CV should contain your contact details including an email address if you have one. It is advisable to create a ‘sensible’ one for the purposes of job applications. This can easily be done on Hotmail, Googlemail or other similar sites. You should also include your home address and telephone contact details on your CV. Please make sure you update these if they change in the future!
- Work experience should be presented in reverse chronological order, with your most recent job appearing first. Each job should have the details of the employer, roles held and key responsibilities, bulleted for easy reading.
- Your CV should be grammatically correct and should be checked for errors and spelling mistakes. You should chose a basic font such as ‘Arial’ and avoid the use of colours and background designs.
- Ensure all details are accurate, including dates and qualifications. If you are unsure it is better to state that dates/grades are approximate, rather than adding incorrect details that will not tally when checked.
- Avoid putting a photograph on your CV unless this has been requested.
- Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for but avoid stating the specific job title of the role you are applying for in your CV in case it gets sent to out in error to future applications. You can state the title of the job you are applying for on a covering letter.