Your CV is the key to getting your foot in the door and securing that all important interview. It needs to create the right first impression, be impactful and above all, be easy to read and insightful. There’s no right or wrong way of creating CVs, but there are some basic principles to apply when writing one. Here are our top tips to writing a clear, simple and concise CV that will standout from the rest.

CV writing

The basics

Your CV should be no longer that 2-3 pages of A4

It needs to be kept fairly simple with a basic layout and a coherent flow of information, which is bullet pointed in order for it to stand out

Include keywords in your CV

Keep the CV specific to the role you’re applying for – use the job description to help with this

Write in the first person e.g. ‘I did this….’ and ‘I did that…’

 

CV Layout

Personal/Contact information:

Name, address, contact info (phone number, email address, LinkedIn, website URLs if applicable)

Can also include driving licence status

 

Personal profile:

An overview of the type of work you’re after, the work you’ve done in the past and any other relevant info.

 

Key skills:

Include any relevant key skills as well as any computer packages, software, technologies etc. that may also be related to the role. Bullet point the information to ensure it’s very clear.

 

Work history/experience:

Your most recent role must be at the top of your CV

Include start and end dates for each role – any gaps in employment will be flagged

Include a brief summary of the type of company you’re working for, as well as the name of the business

For each role, ensure to cover off; the overall scope of the role, your main responsibilities, any achievements/awards/recognition you received and any relevant figures/numbers to support the information

 

Education and Qualifications:

Be sure to include dates, grades and names of places attended for each of the following:

  • Education history – go back as far as is relevant
  • Professional qualifications
  • Training courses and certificates

 

Interests:

Give a brief overview of your interests and hobbies and how you like to spend your free time

(within reason!), including details about any clubs, charities and fundraising you may be involved in.

 

References:

It is usually best to include a ‘References available on request’ line

 

It’s important to proof-read and spell check the CV before sending to any potential employers or recruiters. Review and update your CV on a regular basis, it will make it easier next time round!

If you have any questions about your CV or need help writing it, please contact andrew@purplemonkeyrecruitment.co.uk

 

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