Position this at the top of the page so it is clear. Don’t waste space using CV as a title – your name is sufficient.
Essential contact details to include:
This is an introduction to your CV to highlight your main experience and suitability for the role you are applying for. This should be tailored to each position. It will be a short paragraph that will sit underneath your name. It should be concise, easy to read and highlight the key information which matches you to the role you are applying for.
Your Personal Statement must also tie in with your cover letter. If you want more on how to write your cover letter, it is worth checking our Top Tips guide.
Highlighting the skills that you feel are relevant to your application can improve your success rate. Keep this section brief and to the point – use bullet points to ensure they stand out. The ones that you mention will depend on the job you’re applying for. By including the right examples of key skills it can make you really stand out.
Key skills include:
This section gives you a chance to outline your previous jobs, internships and work experience.
Your employment history should be in chronological order – starting with your most recent. For each entry, you should include your job title, the employer, the dates you worked and a line that summarises your role. You should then bullet point your key responsibilities, skills and achievements. If you have stats and figures to support your points this would strengthen your CV. Try not to start the bullet points with the same word – mix it up a little. Also use strong verbs to make a bigger impact.
If you have had a lot of positions in your work history, you only need to include the previous 10 years worth of experience if you are limited on space. If you feel your previous positions are important to your application, include the headline details such as who you worked for, your job title and the time at the employment.
When listing your employment history keep it clean and easy to read. Consistency is also the key, therefore ensure each entry follows the same format.
Include any relevant qualifications of certification in your personal statement, such as CIPD or CIM qualification. All your education highlights and qualifications should be listed AFTER your work experience. Include GCSE and equivalent qualifications, as well as all those that are higher. If you are a graduate with no work experience you may want to include the modules you completed to highlight your experience. Always start with the highest level of qualification you have and work backwards.
Include any other qualifications relevant to your application. This would include courses you have attended – such as First Aid.
References should be from people who know you well and can tell an employer about what you have done in the past. They are usually your last two employers. If you haven’t worked before, you can use a teacher or a tutor from school or college.
When you’re describing your interests, highlight the things that show off the skills that employers look for. Some really good things to include are: