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.

  • Contact Details – clearly present these at the top of your CV. They should include your name, address, phone number & email
  • Personal Statement – this is basically a sales pitch in a paragraph.  Concisely state your personal attributes, what you have to offer & what you would like to achieve. Ensure your statement makes it immediately clear why the employer needs to carry on reading.
  • Employment History – this needs to be written in reverse-chronological order (recent positions at the top & work backwards) You will need to include your job title, company name, dates of employment & reasons for leaving previous roles. This section is used to demonstrate your skills & experience & it is an opportunity to show your achievements & successes.
  • Key Skills – this is where you can let the employer know what IT systems you have used & highlight any that are relevant to the role.
  • Education – this needs to be detailed in reverse-chronological order from GCSE (or equivalent) level upwards and the name of where you studied needs to be included.
  • Ensure you tailor your CV to each role – this might mean you have 2-3 different CV’s
  • Type your CV in Word with an easy to read font with a 10-12 letter size
  • Keep your CV concise & to the point – don’t ‘waffle’
  • Use bullet points to detail your Employment History & try not to use lengthy paragraphs
  • Spell check your CV & get someone to double-check it for you
  • Ensure you have used correct punctuation & check your grammar
  • Explain any significant breaks in your employment history
  • Don’t include a photograph on your CV
  • 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