Guidelines on writing your CV
If you’re looking for a new job, the first step you need to take is to get your CV in order.
Cpl’s recruitment consultants recommend that you first go through the following guidelines:
- Make sure the information on your CV is clearly laid out. Keep the format/style (type size, font, size of headings, use of italics, etc) consistent throughout.
- Use a suitable font size and ensure there is enough white spacing so that the CV does not look cluttered.
- Each section should be clearly headed and generally all headings should be in bold.
- Keep your CV informative and concise – 2 to 3 pages usually suffices.
- Use bullet points – they make your CV easier to read than large paragraphs of text (but don’t overuse them).
- Check spelling and grammar for accuracy. Some mistakes may not be detected with a spell-check, so get at least two people to proofread your CV before sending it to a recruitment consultant.
Tips on what information to put in your CV
- Include your contact details: phone number, postal address and email address.
- Use a sensible email address. Set up a new one for job applications if your normal email address isn’t suitable. You need to represent yourself in the most professional way possible.
- List each job in chronological order, beginning with your most recent position.
- Concentrate on the details of your two most recent jobs (unless you were only there for a short time). These are the ones employers are most interested in.
- Treat internal promotion in each position as a new job and record the dates separately. List your job title and the start and finish date of each position.
- In each role, set out your main responsibilities, duties and skills that could be transferred to another employer.
- Include your level of responsibility (if any), such as number of staff reporting to you.
- List your 2 or 3 most important work achievements in each position.
- Use action words (strong verbs) to describe your responsibilities and achievements – eg, managed, surpassed, established, implemented).