CV Tips

Creating an Effective CV

Creating an Effective CVAn effective CV should create interest by being well presented, factual and concise; preferably not more than two pages long. Individual content may vary and can be tailored towards a particular vacancy you are applying for and not about your last job.

Generally speaking, your CV needs to stand out from the crowd, include just enough information to stimulate interest, but not so much that you bore the reader. It should contain the following sections:

Personal details

We recommend that you provide a prospective employer with as much information as possible, including the following:

Full name
Contact details (telephone and email only include if you check regularly)

Personal Profile

Consisting of fifty to eighty words, and written in the third person (a more professional style), your Personal Profile should summarise your career status, areas of expertise, what sectors previously worked in, area of interest and what sector looking to go into and why. You can also include what motivates you about the industry and how you will help company achieve its goals.

Work History

We suggest that you write this in reverse chronological order (i.e. start with your current or most recent position). The level of detail you include should depend upon the length and relevance of previous positions, but in general terms the last 10 years should be covered in most detail. We recommend this should include the following:

Dates of employment (from mm/yy to mm/yy)
Job title and reason for leaving
Name and location of employer
Nature of Business
Purpose of Role
Key responsibilities (include any relevant information that is measurable or can be quantified and related to role being applied for)
Key achievements

When completing this area of your CV, it is important to specify the nature of the work (e.g. temporary or permanent). Also any gaps should be highlighted and appropriate reasons given (e.g. working holiday abroad/bringing up children etc).

Education and training

Provide a summary of your educational and academic background. Again, use reverse chronological order. We recommend the following information be included:

Dates (from mm/yy to mm/yy)
Level / qualification
Grades achieved
List any other relevant qualifications e.g. professional qualifications, NVQ levels, training courses attended

Hobbies and interests

Listing personal interests can be helpful, particularly if they are relevant to the position you are applying for. Include team sports, club memberships, voluntary work and evening courses etc.

Example CV

If you would like to see a good template for a typical CV please click here to download a copy.

To get the in depth and practical knowledge of creating your CV and ensure you stand the best chance of being selected for an interview, please book for your one to one session with a consultant. Alternatively attend our CV and Interview clinic event delivered by our consultants, who have the experience necessary to help you present information and yourself in the best possible light.

Please contact us or visit the news section to book a session or for further information on up and coming events.

Just Remember:

"The right CV is the best impression of you"

Most Importantly:

"Check and double check for SPELLING and GRAMMATICAL ERRORS"