CV Advice

Regard your Curriculum Vitae (CV) as a self-marketing tool. Get it right and it increases your chances of obtaining that all-important interview; get it wrong and your submission will be passed over.

CareerWise Recruitment’s Suggested CV Layout

  • Fotolia_57089542_XSPersonal Details. Name, address, home and mobile telephone numbers, and email address.
  • A brief personal profile or career objective statement. This is a statement of how you see yourself and what you have to offer. Keep it brief and relevant to the job you’re applying for.
  • Education/ Training. Overview of relevant qualifications, where and when attended, and results. Add in any additional relevant training as this shows a sign of ongoing personal and professional development. Include memberships of any professional bodies in this section.
  • Career History /Work Experience. This should be presented in reverse chronological order with your most recent employer first. Include the company name, type of business, position(s) held, including responsibilities and achievements.
  • Interests and hobbies. This makes your CV more holistic. Demonstrates your ability to mix work with life.
  • References. Note on the CV that references are available on request. You need to have pre-cleared two or three referees when you start the job search process and advise them that a company or agency may contact them to perform a reference check.

Useful Tips

  • Keep your CV short: between 2 and 4 pages. Complete in Microsoft Word with minimal use of tables and text boxes.
  • Use a clear font size 11 or 12 and highlight with bold as appropriate.
  • Do not include a photo unless requested to do so.
  • No gaps in your CV unless you have an explanation.
  • Use correct dates.
  • Know your CV inside out.
  • Use bullet points to focus on important points and break up the text.
  • Focus on your key achievements and present them with numerical information that demonstrates your performance or project successes.
  • Use action-focused words at the start of sentences, prepare in past tense and keep sentences short and to the point.
  • Always type your CV on good quality paper.
  • Do a spell check but don’t rely on a computer spell checker.

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