An impressive and relevant CV will make all the difference in determining whether or not you are selected for an interview.
A potential employer must be able to easily see how suitable you are for the role; a poorly constructed CV – no matter how much relevant experience you have – could be your downfall and prevent you from progressing to the interview stage.
To make sure you give yourself the best chance of success, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions asked by candidates on how to compile the best possible CV.
How long should a CV be?
Ideally, your CV should be no more than two pages long. Make sure that you set it out in a clear, logical order, using bullet points and short sentences to keep it punchy and use a font and typeface that is easy to read.
Thoroughly check your CV over for typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors and unless the application requests otherwise, save your document as your full name and CV to make it easy to identify by the recipient.
What should I include on my CV and in what order?
A potential employer may have many CVs to sift through; you need to make sure that the most relevant information is included first so that it grabs their attention. Carefully consider what the role requires and tailor your content accordingly to clearly demonstrate where you have the ideal skills and experience that they are looking for.
Make sure that the language that you use is relevant and look to reflect key words and phrases from the role requirements to reinforce your suitability.
What skills and experience should I include?
No matter what stage you are at in your career, ensure that you tailor your skills and experience to be relevant to each role that you are applying for.
Previous roles should be listed in chronological order with your current or most recent position first.
When outlining your skills and experience, it may not be possible to include every aspect from every role that you’ve held so place most emphasis on those which align to the requirements of the job role and person specification. Where possible include relevant examples, results and achievements to illustrate your suitability for the position.
What education details are most relevant?
Much will depend upon the position that you are applying for and how necessary your qualifications are to that role. For example, if you are educated to degree level, your individual results at GCSE level may not be as relevant.
Focus upon the qualifications and certificates that are relevant to the role that you are applying for – particularly if they are listed amongst the essential or desirable selection criteria - and make sure to include any additional training or courses you have completed or are currently studying for whilst working.
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