Here are a few tips to make a great CV
- Include your name, address, home and mobile telephone numbers and your email address (you would be amazed how many CV’s we get without contact details!).
- Provide a summary of your work history, your expertise and evidence of your achievements rather than information cut and pasted from a job description.
- Make your CV relevant to the job you are applying for
- Include key words related to your expertise.
- Go into detail about skills that are relevant to the role and provide examples of where you have successfully used these skills in the past.
- Don’t use boxes or columns
- Use a standard font
- Two pages are best, but the amount of pages isn’t as important as the information included.
- We prefer a CV in Word please. If you send your CV as a pdf we will change it to Word because we have to make notes taken from an interview.
- It isn’t essential to include your nationality but if you require a visa or work permit please say so on your CV
- We don’t require a photo with your CV but if you include one it isn’t a problem.
- Include a Personal Statement or a Self Profile. This gives us a summary of what you have done in the past, what you want to do next. It should sum up the whole document and why your application is relevant. Keep it simple and specific. Give us a reason to put you forward in this section – we will probably use it when speaking to our client about you. If you are a Graduate say so in this section. Avoid statements like “dynamic”, “young”, “self-starter”, “works in a team”. Be specific like “Graduate HR Manager with five years’ experience working within the manufacturing sector”
- For each of your jobs include the company name and town, your job title and dates of employment (including the months as well as the year).
- Let us know if the position was a Contract or Permanent position.
- Don’t abbreviate the date (April 2005 is better than Apr 05)
- Start with the most recent job first.
- Include brief details about what your job involved and the sector the company was involved in
- Describe your career history and include three or four bullet points.
- If it is relevant to your job include your achievements. What problems did you solve? What projects were you involved in? How did you contribute? What size budgets have you worked with?
- Include facts and figures
- Let us know if you have transport and a driving licence?
- Include education details and dates taken, particularly any technical qualifications you could acquire.
- Include brief details about your hobbies and interests but it is best to include those that are relevant. If you volunteer for a charity that is great, but if spend all the rest of your time playing Grand Theft Auto on the Play Station it might not be an idea to include this on your CV.
- Include references if you have them.
- Check for typos – and then check again! Beware that MS Office often spell checks against American spellings. (Organisation not Organization!)
- Spell check the document and if possible get someone else to check it.
Best of luck in your search for a new position!