Tips On Writing Your CV
Writing a CV can be hard work, especially if you’ve never written one before. What do you include? What don’t you include? How long does it have to be?
Below you’ll find some of the basic tips for when you come to write yours. Hopefully, this helps!
Things to include
When writing your CV, there will be a list of things that your potential employer will want you to include, the most important of all is your contact information – preferably an email address and a phone number, just in case they can’t get hold of you on the other one. For all of you out there that are still using an email such as, email@example.com you might want to consider making a more professional one.
Other things that you’ll need to include are your personal information, your education, qualifications, work history or work experience, relevant skills to the job role in question, interests, hobbies, achievements and finally references from previous employer’s/college tutors/teachers.
How to present it
Your CV should be presented on plain, white A4 paper. The font itself shouldn’t be anything wacky – Arial or Times New Roman are some of the most popular ones. The font should be legible, not too small in your attempts to fit more in! It should be easily readable and evenly spaced out. The easier to read your CV the better, plenty of white space goes a long way!
How long should your CV be
You want to include all your information and impress your potential employer, but, you don’t want to waffle unnecessarily. Keep things short, sweet and to the point, ensuring you include all of your important information and anything that might give you brownie points. We recommend you don’t exceed two A4 pages.
Keep it relevant
Keep your CV targeted on that specific job, no employer wants to read a CV with a sentence shoved on the end saying how much he/she want’s that job. If you have to re-write sections of your CV to tailor it to the jobs skill requirements and tweak your personal information/interests to include that position in particular. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t copy large amounts of text, or any text at all really, from the job description – your potential employer will notice, and it won’t reflect well upon you.
Check for typos
Check, check and triple check for spelling mistakes and typos! The last thing you want is sloppy errors. Read it, spell check it and even get a family member or a friend to read it – spell checkers can’t identify a poorly worded sentence or the cursed double word. Keep your CV free from any typos and easy to read; your potential employer will love you for it.
That’s all! If you feel we’ve missed anything, please do feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll add it in!