Your CV is your opportunity to sell yourself to a new employer, so it is important to make it work for you. Rules for writing CVs are not set in stone but by following some simple advice your CV will appeal to the majority of interviewers.
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Keep it simple by avoiding fancy fonts.
At the beginning of your CV give your name, address and contact information.
Use sub-headings to split the information up. For example, Profile, Key Achievements, Employment History, Education & Training / Qualifications, Hobbies, References.
For your profile write a few sentences giving a brief summary of your skills, experience and personality. This will give employers an overall immediate impression.
For the Education & Training / Qualifications section, employers are usually interested in qualifications that are relevant to your career. Include any relevant training courses you have attended.
Employment History should start with the most recent job.
For each post you have held include:
Do not don’t ramble on with unnecessary details! If you have got a lot of work experience, think about which of it is most relevant to the job you’re applying for. For these roles, include more details and achievements and list them towards the top of your CV. You can place any extra work under “other work” nearer the bottom of your CV. Make sure you account for any gaps in your employment e.g. maternity leave, travelling etc. Any gaps might make potential employers suspicious.
Most people put Hobbies and Interests at the bottom of the CV. However they are a great way to show off your individuality and other skills that might not be obvious from your work experience and qualifications. Try to avoid the clichéd, hobbies, such as “watching television”. Instead, include things which show that you’re a more rounded individual. This might include a hobby you’re particularly passionate. For example, fishing, rock climbing, photography, crafting or cooking. Also include membership of a club or organisation, that shows dedication, loyalty and team work.
Try to keep your CV to a maximum two pages.
Check and double check your CV and ask someone else to check it too. Spelling mistakes can rule you out when an employer is short-listing candidates for interview.