Perfecting your CV

Guide on how to get the right CV completed

How do you write a CV? You might be intimidated by the blank page staring at you, or might already have a CV that outlines your background and experience but needs a refresh. Either way, the best place to start is by creating a structure. A standard CV in the UK should be no longer than two sides of A4. To save space only include the main points of your education and experience. Stick to relevant information and don’t repeat what you’ve said in your cover letter.

Layout is fundamental to how the employer will decide on weather to look at your CV:

Opening Statement: There should be an opening statement placed directly underneath your contact details. In this statement, it should provide a snapshot of your appropriate skills and experience that match up to the job description of what you are applying for.

Education: This section can be added after your personal profile when you’re early on in your career or if you do not have much work experience. As you gain more experience you can move this section near the end of the CV

Employment History: This section shows where and when you worked, it is normally structured in reverse chronological order. Include your job title, company name, start and finish period and a few key responsibilities. Show what you achieved there and some of the skills you developed.

Skills: Skills show the employer what you have gained over the years and they can see if any skill sets match the job you are going for. Don’t over do it on the skills some employers may think that you are just putting as much down as possible because you can. If you can incorporate your skill into the employment history that can help make the employer understand how you got those skills. Bear in mind that when your at the interview you could be asked about your skills and how you got them by providing an example explanation.

Overall when writing your CV make it clear and make sure you have the main points in each section so that when the employer looks at your CV they understand you are the right match for the job. Employers are more interested in points rather than stories.