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How to write an amazing CV

How to write an amazing CV

Follow our top tips to make your CV stand out from the crowd.

Keep it simple:

If hundreds of people are competing for one job vacancy, recruiters will tend to skim read applicants’ CVs. It’s important therefore to keep your CV to the point. Employers don’t need to know your whole life history, just the relevant information such as qualifications, work experience and skills.

Know what to include:

It’s best to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. Take key words out of the job description – for example, what skills or qualifications are they requesting and highlight these within your CV.

When detailing your work experience it’s fine to list your key responsibilities, but to make your CV stand out you should include examples of how well you did in those roles and what results you achieved using facts and figures.

Presenting your CV:

Thought should be given to the formatting and layout of your CV. It’s best to keep it simple so that it’s easy to read. As a general rule of thumb your CV should not exceed 2 pages – any more than this and it’s likely to bore the employer.

The most popular format to layout your CV is to use reverse-chronological and list your experience in chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Here are some key steps to follow to layout your CV in the best possible way:

  • Heading: Your name should be your first line and make the font size larger than the rest of the document. Include your contact details under your name i.e. most recent address, email address, telephone number
  • Personal statement (optional): This section should be a couple of sentences max.
  • Qualifications: list your most recent qualification first, including the name of the course provider and grade
  • Work experience: Detail your job history, including a few bullet points describing your main responsibilities and achievements
  • Main achievements: If you’ve volunteered, won an award, or have done any extra-curricular achievements, list it in this section
  • References: You should give the contact details of two references here, always ask the person’s permission first. If you’re short on space you can always write ‘References available upon request’.

 

All of our students have access to careers guidance through Customer Service staff, Course Tutors and the National Careers Service, so if you are needing additional support with an upcoming interview, visit our Careers Advice page for more information.

 

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