What information should I include on my CV? Writing a CV can be an arduous task, especially if you are starting from scratch… And although there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for the perfect CV, it should always be clearly formatted and short enough for a recruiter to scan quickly – and most importantly – tailored to the role you are applying for.
How should I present my CV?
Your CV is the first thing an employer will see when hiring for a job role, and how it looks at first glance will be the reason they decide to read it in more detail. Even if your skills match the role perfectly, a messy and confusing CV probably won’t even get a second look.
• To ensure you’re painting yourself (and your skills) in the best light, you should always:
• Keep it short and direct – two sides of A4 will almost always suffice
• Choose a clear, professional font to ensure that your CV can be easily read.
• Lay it out in a logical order, with sufficient spacing and clear section headings (e.g. Work experience, Education)Order your experience and education in reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements. Check your grammar and spelling thoroughly.
Not sure where to start? Here are some basic rules to help you pull it together.
1. Personal details:
It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to include their name, email, contact phone number and address. To avoid any awkward moments, make sure these are clearly presented at the top of your CV. ‘Curriculum Vitae’ is an unnecessary title – your name is not.
2. Personal statement
As it’s the first thing that’s shown on your CV, a personal statement is an essential part of standing out from the crowd. It explains who you are, what you’re offering, and what you’re looking for. Aim to prove why you’re suitable in one short and succinct paragraph.
3. Work experience:
This section should include all of your relevant work experience, listed with the most recent first. Include your job title, the name of the organisation, time in post, and your key responsibilities.
This is your chance to show how your previous experience has given you the skills needed to make you a suitable candidate. List all of your relevant skills and achievements (backing them up with examples), and make it clear how you would apply these to the new role.
Your educational experience and achievements should be listed here, along with dates, the type of qualification and/or the grade you achieved – although the specific parts of education that you include in your CV will depend on your individual situation. For example, if you have more educational achievements than work experience, placing an emphasis on this section is a good idea.
6. Hobbies and interests:
You don’t always need to include hobbies and interests in your CV, but mentioning relevant ones could back up your skills and help you to stand out from the crowd – not to mention give you something to talk about at an interview. Just don’t say you enjoy socialising with friends just for the sake of including something. If it’s not going to add value, leave it out.
What words should I include in my CV?
Figuring out what words to use on your CV can be tough – especially when you’re trying to fit a lot of skills and experience into two pages.
Appropriate keywords for your CV could include:
Need more CV advice? Feel free to call our Redwood Search team for an informal chat – we only want you to be the best version of yourself you can be. Please call 01905 27747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org