CV Writing Tips

Tips for writing an effective CV

  • The contents of your CV and its presentation can determine whether you even get as far as an interview.
  • It should be a simply written outline of your scholastic and working history.
  • Do not write in longhand unless it is a stated requirement. Use a clear businesslike typeface and do not use coloured paper (it does not photocopy well).
  • Start with your full name, address, phone numbers, date of birth and nationality.
  • Put the most recent employment or achievement first and continue in reverse order to the most distant in time.
  • Keep details brief but to the point. Give names of previous employers and relevant dates.
  • Tailor your CV to the job for which you are applying. Don't expand on items that have little relevance.
  • Tell the truth. A lie that is found out will not only lose you this application - it could damage your future chances..
  • Make the most of the positive aspects that apply to this position by devices such as bullet points (but no more than three or four).
  • Educational achievements have less significance the longer you have been in employment.
  • Hobbies and pastimes can indicate qualities of initiative and leadership - but a long list of leisure pursuits may create the wrong impression.
  • Give at least two references, preferably recent tutors or employers. Check with them first that they will act as referees.
  • If this is your first job remember to include any work experience or voluntary work.
  • Try to limit your CV to a page - and that doesn't mean reducing the type size to make it fit!
  • Check what you have written and get someone whose opinion you value to check it too. Spelling mistakes and incorrect names will lead to an immediate thumbs down.
  • Your CV is a passport to an interview and a prospective job. Its purpose is to convince an employer that you are worth considering for the advertised post.
  • Out of maybe 100 applications only a dozen may be selected at the CV stage. So write for the employer - not for yourself.


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