Writing a CV – some useful advice

Writing a CV is your one and only chance to make a first impression, so it’s vital it’s a good one. We have a CV template available to download. If you create your own, do bear a few things in mind:

  • Ensure all your contact details, including email address and mobile number are up to date. If your email address is anything less than professional sounding – fluffybunny@ or bubblybrunette@ – please set up an alternative one for the purposes of your job hunt. Similarly, ensure the message those reaching your answerphone hear is suitable for potential employers to hear.
  • Tailor your CV to each job you apply for, highlighting specific and relevant successes and achievements.
  • Explain gaps in your job history – whether it was to bring up children, take a gap year or as a result of redundancy.
  • Only include a detailed employment history dating back a maximum of 10 years and start with your most recent position.
  • Make sure your CV is easy to read, with bullet points where appropriate. Don’t use fancy fonts or coloured paper.
  • Include hobbies if they demonstrate a transferable skill i.e. if you’re the secretary of a running club you’re likely to be well organised, if you’re in an amateur dramatics group you work well in a team.
  • Check, double check and triple check spelling, punctuation and grammar – and then get someone else to check too.
  • Never lie on your CV – you will get found out and you will then jeopardise your position, and future positions.
  • It’s not a good idea to include a photo on your CV. You want to be judged on your skills, not your appearance.

Once completed, save your CV digitally as a word document.