Pursuit’s CV Masterclass – Our Top Tips and Advice

CV writing top tips

Getting your CV right can make or break your chances of being successful when applying for new employment. We are regularly asked by our candidates for advice in creating a CV that will get noticed. Due to this we have collated our consultant’s top tips on creating the perfect CV.

Firstly let’s start with the basics.

What is the best way to set up your CV?

There’s no right or wrong way to set out a CV. There are, however, some standard sections that they should contain. These are:

  • Personal and contact information
  • Personal Statement
  • Skills and achievements relevant to the job
  • Work history
  • Interests
  • References

Keep your CV to a maximum of two sides of A4 paper. Employers receive a lot of CVs, so it’s unlikely that they will read each one from start to finish. In fact, most will make a judgment about a CV after a few seconds (8 to be exact!). It is therefore essential to keep it concise and as short as possible.

Keep your CV clean and tidy. Use headings, bullet points and space your CV appropriately. A little white space is a good thing! Try to stick to one font, we would recommend Calibri or Arial. Ideally use size 11 font. Do not use smaller than size 10.

N.B. Save both a PDF and a Word Version of your CV. If you are sending your CV to an agency the best format to send it in would be as a Word Document. Why? When your CV is sent to the client, whilst we do not edit your CV and it’s contents, we do add a front page with our summary of your suitability for the role, salary, location and more! If your CV is saved as a word document we find we can ensure the format of your CV remains professional.

 

Matching your CV to a job description

Different jobs need different skillsets. Whenever you apply for a job, alter your CV so that it relates to the role you are applying for.

You don’t have to re-write it completely, but you may want to re-draft or re-order some of your interests and skills so the most important ones are nearer the beginning of the document.

You might also want to remove things that you don’t need to mention for a particular job.

 

Keeping your CV updated

It’s really important to review your CV regularly, so that:

  • All your skills and experiences are included
  • It is an accurate and positive reflection of you
  • Your contact details are correct.

If you’ve recently completed a work placement or started to volunteer, make sure you record it on your CV. Accompany it with a short description of what your main duties were and what skills you used.

You should also add any new qualifications to your CV as soon as you get them.

No previous work experience?

Remember that employers won’t expect teenagers or graduates to have lots of work experience. The key is to think about anything you’ve done at school,college or University as well as what you do in your spare time / interests. Is anything that you’ve done relevant to the job you’re applying for? If it is, make sure you put it on your CV.

Don’t be afraid of promoting yourself. That’s what CVs are for after all.

To help you write your CV, we have put some extra tips and advice below. Simply click on the relevant tab to find out more!