A great CV is the first step to securing your next role. Our candidate resource section can help you ensure you have the advantage in today’s competitive jobs market.
It's important to give your CV some thought and spend some time on getting it right. A well-presented CV which clearly details your skills and experience can make all the difference in getting the job you really want.
Your CV should be no longer than 5 pages in length and include the following sections.
- Personal Details
- Employment History
- Education and Qualifications
- Key Skills/Strengths
- Referees/References on Request
- Make sure your CV is well laid out so that it is immediately easy to read and understand.
- Use a standard font size, which is easy to read, such as Arial 10.
- Keep it simple.
- Focus on information which is relevant to your own career goals.
- Use concise, unambiguous sentences, avoid exaggerations and a flowery writing style.
- Do not make false claims; honesty is always the best policy.
- Bullet points are useful to highlight relevant skills and experience and help break up continuous text.
- Stress your past accomplishments and the skills you used to get the results you achieved.
- Put your highest level of education first.
- Put your most recent job first and work backward chronologically in time.
- Ensure all dates are accurate and include months as well as years.
- If making a career change, stress what skills are transferable to support your new career objectives.
- Explain any long career gaps (i.e. travelling, maternity leave etc.) these will only need to be explained to our clients.
- Keep to the same tense.
- Customise your CV for specific vacancies by focusing on previous experience or skills that are relevant to the role.