Remember that the person reading your CV will be looking at lots of other CVs too. You need to make your CV easy to read so they can quickly get a good sense that you are a strong candidate for the job. Send a CV that is relevant to the potential employer – don’t be tempted to have just one standard CV.
Your CV is the company’s first introduction to who you are – it will make the difference between getting an interview or not.
Here are a few essentials on the Do’s and Don’ts for writing your CV.
DO’s for CV Writing
- Keep to just two pages
- Make sure the layout is clear uncluttered and easy to follow
- Tailor the CV to the job you are applying for
- Focus on your skills and experience that meet the job specification
- Put important information up-front – the best order is
- Personal details
- Personal statement
- Work history
- Describe your achievements with strong words – managed, succeeded, co-ordinated
- List any professional qualifications
- Include a brief outline of work history with key achievements for each role
- Briefly explain all career breaks
DON’Ts for CV Writing
- Lie or embellish the truth – HR managers and recruiters are adept at checking and they will catch you out
- Handwrite your CV
- Reference negative information (failed exams, points on your driving licence, issues with previous managers) – don’t give the hiring manager a reason not to invite you for interview
- Use jargon or technical terms
- Use email addresses that look unprofessional e.g BestKissaEva@email.com
- Use clichés – ‘great team player’, ‘work well under pressure’
- Talk about salary or benefits. These conversations are best left until after the interview
- Use a small font to squeeze in more information – your CV should be easy to read
- Add details of EVERY job you’ve had since you were at school – stick to the relevant employment history
- Use lots of colours, fonts, clipart, tables or styles in an attempt to stand out. Just follow a clear, easy to read structure
- Forget a covering letter (if required) – use this to introduce your CV and support your reasons for applying for the job.
- Include a photo – unless it’s specifically mentioned in the job advert.
Hopefully your CV will get you an interview, then read our tips on How to Prepare for An Interview