How to create a winning CV!


Before you Begin please read the job description of the role you are applying for.

The job description shows you what the employer is looking for. Look for the key skills and think about how your own past experience relates to the job. This will help you tailor your CV to the position.

You’ll also spot key words and get used to the language the employer is using. Use the same language when you create a CV, so it’s easier for the person reading it to see how you match up.

Finally, Be honest about your qualifications and experience. If you lie on your CV you could easily be caught out at the interview stage.

Think about how you’ll arrange your CV

When you write a CV, you can arrange the layout in different ways, depending on what you want to show the employer. Put the most important information for this particular job at the top.  The job description will help you decide what to prioritise.

10 Sections you need to have on your C.V

(1) Contact details


Make it easy for employers to get in touch. Include your address, main phone number and email address. Don’t use email addresses that look unprofessional

(2) Employment history


Highlight tasks and responsibilities that show your skills and strengths. Include the ones which are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

(3) Education and qualifications


Talk about skills or knowledge that you’ve developed and highlight any key achievements that relate to the job – in or out of work.

(4) Experience


If you haven’t got a lot, or any, work experience, think about other things you’ve been involved in such as school clubs or volunteering.

(6) References


To save space you don’t have to include references on your CV, but make sure you state that they’re available on request. Remember to ask your referees if it’s ok to include them, so they will expect someone to be in touch.

(7) Styling


In general, avoid fancy fonts, borders, tables and graphics. They can be distracting. However, there are exceptions – if a styled CV shows your skills as a graphic designer, for example.

(8) Language


Use active language – for example, ‘I completed’ rather than ‘the task was completed’. Be positive and avoid clichés. Keep sentences short and try not to repeat information.

(9) Layout


Try and keep to two sides of A4. Employers will scan your CV – make it easy for them to spot key words by using bullet points and headings.

(10) Spelling and punctuation


Avoid spelling mistakes. Use the spell check on your computer but don’t rely on it to find every error. Ask someone with a good grasp of grammar and spelling to check your CV.

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