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Need help writing your CV? Take a look at our CV Guide!

22nd May 2017

A Guide to Get the Best Results From your CV


A CV is the most effective and efficient way to represent yourself to potential employers. It’s your way of demonstrating your professional and educational experience, and is your chance to make a good first impression! Employers receive lots of applications, so making sure yours stands out and highlights your skills is vital.

That’s why it’s so important to get it right. Our guide on writing your CV should help you to avoid the common pitfalls and market your details successfully to employers.

Get the basics right

There is no right or wrong way to write a CV, but there are some common sections you should cover. These include: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job in question; own interests, achievements or hobbies; and some references.

Make sure it’s relevant

According to a survey of employers (2010 Resume Survey by Eric Hilden) found that the below features were most looked for by employers.

  • 45% – Previous related work experience
  • 35% – Qualifications & Skills
  • 25% – Easy to read
  • 16% – Accomplishments
  • 14% – Spelling & grammar
  • 9% – Education
  • 9% – Individuality/desire to succeed
  • 3% – Clear Objective
  • 1% – Personal Experience

So try to make sure that your CV contains more of the relevant information. Do this by firstly ensuring that you give a concise and clear overview of your relevant work experience, and skills and qualifications.

Presentation is key

A successful CV is always clearly presented and well structured. Always remember the CV hotspot. the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiter’s eye will naturally fall, so make sure you include your most important information there.

A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without waffling. You don’t need pages and pages of paper – you just keep things short and sweet. A CV is a reassurance to a potential employer, it’s a chance to tick the right boxes, and if everything is satisfied, there’s a better chance of a job interview. Also, employers receive dozens of CVs all the time so it’s unlikely they’ll read each one cover to cover. Most will make a judgment about a CV within sections, so try to stick to a maximum of two pages of A4 paper.

In summary

This is your first interaction with a potential employer, therefore you need to make sure you reflects your capabilities. Keep it short and sweet, and make sure all the information is relevant. Don’t forget to spell check, and especially make sure you add your correct contact details!

Hopefully this guide has helped you – and if you are looking for a new position, take a look at our current vacancies and send your CV to apply!

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