C.V. Tips

The CV is probably the most important part of your application.

It’s how you introduce yourself, and if you get it right you could land that interview for your dream job. However, it can be daunting, and sometimes it can be easy to overlook some details that could put you in front of other applicants.

Here are some CV Tips from the team.

1. Name

Make sure you write your first name first, followed by your surname.

2. Contact information

Make sure you include both your phone number and your email address – double check them to make sure they’re correct.

3. Current location

Make sure you have your updated location in your CV.

4. Experience

This should come before education unless you are a student with no work experience.
Make sure you write down the start and finish dates (month and year), company, role and responsibilities.
The experience stated in your CV should be relevant to the job you are applying for.

5. Education

Keep it simple – institution, qualification achieved and dates.
If you have any other qualifications relevant to the job you are applying for, such as professional qualifications, mention them too.

6. Additional information

Driving licence, languages, MS Office, graphic design skills, anything goes.

7. Hobbies and interests

Conversation starting points for many recruiters and employers, these show you are a real person and not a robot.

We’ve talked about content. However, presentation is one of our BIG CV Tips.

The magic words are: Keep It Simple!

Font size never smaller than 11pt: we recommend 11pt or 12pt
Don’t use different font styles: choose one and stick to it
Leave spaces to make it easy to read
Use the same format for every paragraph

Ideally Word (.doc; .docx); CVs in PDF might be difficult to convert because of the databases used by recruitment agencies, so Word is a safe bet!