Your CV is the very 1st impression that the employer will have of you & they will spend, on average, 5-7 seconds looking at your CV, therefore it is essential that you make it stand out from the competition.

This is one of the most important stages of the recruitment process as this will determine if you are selected for an interview.  There is no right or wrong CV however, there are certain formats which work well – please take a look at these hints & tips with some do’s & don’ts to guide you along the way.

  • Personal Statement – this is your sales pitch in a paragraph.  Concisely state your attributes, what you have to offer & what you would like to achieve. Ensure your statement makes it clear why the employer needs to carry on reading.
  • IT Skills – highlight the systems & databases you have used & your proficiency with software such as MS Office (Word, Excel etc) 
  • Certifications/Licenses – this is where you can detail your training, certificates & licenses that you have achieved
  • Education – detail in reverse-chronological order from GCSE level (or equivalent) & the name of where you studied 
  • Employment History – detail in reverse-chronological order. Include job title, company name, dates of employment, duties & responsibilities (bullet pointed) & reasons for leaving. This section is used to demonstrate your skills & experience & is an opportunity to show your achievements & successes
  • Tailor your CV to a vacancy to highlight your suitability
  • Type your CV in Word with an easy to read font
  • Keep your CV concise & to the point
  • Bullet point duties & responsibilities – try not to use lengthy paragraphs
  • Spell check your CV 
  • Ensure you have used correct punctuation & grammar
  • Explain any significant breaks in your employment history
  • You do not need to include your date of birth on your CV
  • Avoid any jargon, technical terms or acronyms unless necessary
  • Do not lie about any of your credentials on your CV