Tips on Writing CVs
Your CV gives an initial snapshot of your working history, providing the opportunity
to sell yourself and show what you can bring to the role. A strong CV will secure
an interview, creating a good impression prior to the first meeting.
- Write down all the facts about yourself, your career and training experience.
- Decide how this will relate to the job you're applying for.
- Clearly state the dates you were employed for and write a short, bullet point description
of the duties for each.
- Personal details: full name and contact details including address, telephone number
- Educational history and professional qualifications: names of institutions and dates
attended (most recent first) grades and passes attained, training, development and
- Employment record: career history should be presented in reverse date order with
a short overview of the main responsibilities and career progression. If you're
embarking on your first position, emphasise your training, skills and relevant work
- Hobbies and interests: Listed last and kept to a minimum
- References: you can either list up two, or simply state 'available on request'
- Use white paper and a plain font
- Do not include WordArt, ClipArt, graphics or photographs as this can make the document
- Keep to two pages if possible
- Check your spelling and grammar, ask for a second opinion and do a final proof-read.