Working in recruitment, we know that sometimes writing a CV can be a stressful task and so we have put together some basic rules on how to write a clearly formatted CV. It is important to note that there is no universal solution for the perfect CV and it should always be tailored to the role you are applying for.
What information should you include on your CV?
Personal DetailsFor starters, you want to ensure that your personal details, i.e. your contact telephone number, location and email address are clearly presented on your CV. This one may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how often we come across a CV with no contact details. Which of course makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for potential employers to contact you! Therefore, it is best to ensure that these are clearly presented at the top of your CV.
ProfileYou are going to want to include a personal statement/profile – this is essential for making your CV stand out from the rest! This also gives you a chance to explain who you are, what skills and experience you can offer and what you are looking for in your new role. There’s no need for this part to be any bigger than one short paragraph.
Key SkillsListing some of your key skills on a CV is a great way to demonstrate your capabilities and strengths. Try to expand on these skills rather than just listing them off. You do not need to list each and every one of your skills – the requirements listed in the job advertisement and your biggest strengths will do. Try to include skills which show that you are capable of working within a team as well as using your own initiative.
Work ExperienceThis section should include all of your relevant work experience, starting with the most recent. Be sure to include the name of the organisation, your position, how much time you spent in that post and your key responsibilities.
EducationThe summary of your educational background and qualifications is a very important part of your CV. This section should include;
- Academic results, diplomas, degrees and certificates
- Professional qualifications
- Work and vocational training