Writing your CV can take time and be a boring task but once it has been perfected you have the best part of a job application completed.
The following points are useful to bear in mind to make it easier for the potential employer to read and to look more professional:
- Ensure that all the text is in the same font, size and style
- Underline headings
- Start with your name, address and contact details
- Include a personal profile – this should summarise your key strengths, skills and qualities. Also a brief summary of work background and achievements. This only needs to be a few lines to get the attention of the reader as you will go into more detail in your job details
- List your employment history – this should be company, job title and dates of employment starting with the most recent first. Under each job you should write about your responsibilities during your day to day work. Ideally try to relate your writing to the industry in which you are applying to work. This can be in bullet points if you prefer.
- Include all temporary work (be sure to state if it was temporary). If you were unemployed for any period of time ensure that this is included so that there are no gaps in the dates, where possible state what you were doing at this time, travelling, job seeking etc
- List your education, again most recent first. Include qualifications gained whilst working
- Lastly, have an additional information section if necessary. This should include anything you feel is relevant to your application that has not already been covered in the rest of your CV
- Proof read you CV and make sure you spell check it! Spelling errors are spotted easily when reading your CV and will not come across well to a potential employer if you have made silly errors in your CV
- It can be useful to have someone read over your CV before you send it, to be an additional proof reader and to see how it comes across to an outsider
- Do not be negative about previous employers. We all have our reasons for leaving a company but keep it to the point
- You are not required to state your age in a CV
- Avoid putting photographs on your CV, it is not necessary