Top tips for writing a CV

23 Mar 2017

Jobs/Apprenticeships

Tip 1: When writing your CV make sure that the following information is included:

  • Personal details– Name, address, telephone number, email etc.
  • Personal profile– This should include a short review of yourself which should reflect attributes/personality traits in reference to the position you are applying for.
  • Experience– Listed from your most recent employer to your first employer. Include dates to/from, position held and the organisation along with a list of the different skills and responsibilities gained in this positon.
  • Qualifications– Start with your most recent qualifications and work backwards. Make sure you list all of the qualifications gained along with the dates you obtained them.
  • Additional information– This section enables you to incorporate anything else that will support your application.

Tip 2: It is important that a CV sounds formal, this means that you should carefully consider language when writing a CV.

Tip 3: Ideally, your CV should be no longer than 2 pages of A4. Make sure your name is on both pages so if it isn’t printed double sided they will still know it’s you.

Tip 4: Presentation is key- make sure your CV is structured and presented clearly so it is nice and easy to read. Get a friend or family member to check the spelling for you in case you miss any errors when proof reading yourself.

Tip 5: Word power! It is important that you use the right words and phrases in your CV in order to sell yourself to potential employers.

Tip 6: Tailor your CV- Have a good read through the job description and make sure your key skills match what the employer is looking for.

At Starting Point, we deliver group sessions to help you write a really good CV. Split over two half day sessions you will learn what information you should/shouldn’t include in your CV.

To find out more about getting help with writing your CV call Starting Point on 01744 698800.