CV Writing Tips

Before you sit down to write your CV it is imperative to remember that a CV is a true reflection of you as an Individual, a CV speaks for itself and it represents you in other words writing your CV is an act of self-definition: it represents who you are in a work context and/or who you want to be. People reveal far more about themselves in their CV than they realise. Whilst it will not necessarily guarantee you a role it will certainly help to secure an interview.

Content

Include your personal details, work experience, skills and achievements and education details. List your employment history in reverse date order, ensuring your most recent is first. List your education in reverse order putting your university results before your school results. If you can include references do –however if you don’t wish to put them on your CV it is possible to say references available on request

It is important to avoid a wordy CV – you should ensure that you communicate clearly and concisely the information you wish to convey. Bullet points can be used to minimise word usage. Ideally it should be no more than two pages long and should consist of black writing on white paper. Try to avoid using unusual fonts and borders, stick to simple professional styles. The use of bold and italics can also make important information stand out on the page.