CV Writing Tips

Make Your CV Work for You

Until your interview, you are only as good as your paperwork and perhaps telephone manner, like any marketing document, a CV should help you sell yourself.

Think about your skills, competencies, qualifications and experience. What are your unique selling points and strengths? Think in terms of what you have achieved.

If you are replying to a specific job advertisement, review what keywords and tasks were used in the advertisement. Which of these words applies to you? Use these words in your CV.

Remember that you want your CV to be read and responded to. Include enough information to stimulate interest, but not so much that you bore the reader, keep it simple, relevant and too the point ideally using a maximum of three pages.

Make sure you re-read your CV paying close attention to your spelling and grammar. Nothing can ruin your chances of getting a job faster than easily preventable mistakes. Why not ask another person to proof a final copy.

CV Layout

Page one should always include your personal details such as your home address, contact telephone numbers and email address.

Include an overview statement outlining your strengths and achievements in the relevant areas along with any skills and experience gained within the same or similar type of position.

Employment history

You should always start with your most recent position first and continue in reverse order. For each position held, briefly describe responsibilities and work undertaken. You should aim to include achievements not just tasks.

Each professional position that you’ve had must include at least one statement of accomplishment. For your current and recent positions, you may want to have several bulleted items under the job that lists your most significant experiences.

Qualifications

These should be included after your job history starting with your most recent.

Any voluntary, charity work or external posts you hold are worth including. Always include any languages, courses or training you may have done, or any professional memberships. List your hobbies and interests in no more than three lines, and only if they are relevant to the position in question.