How to write a great CV

A CV is a short list of facts about you, and your work history, skills, experience and suitability for the role. It’s also our very first impression of you. Which means it’s important to spend time getting it right.
 

What should be included?
The content needs to be strong and professional, with quantifiable evidence to back up what you say. For example, instead of “excellent communication skills”, highlight how you’ve demonstrated these skills, such as “I regularly run our daily huddle which involves motivating my team, and I also present at monthly management meetings on a variety of topics”.

Your CV should be split under the following subheadings to make sure it’s easy to read too:
  • Contact details
    Include your name, address, telephone number(s) and email address.
  • Personal statement
    This is a short statement at the beginning of your CV, aimed to market you and highlight your skills, experience, achievements and personal qualities. It’s usually written in the third person and should grab people’s attention and hook the reader. Only use words and language you would usually use – it should sound like you. A good tip is to tailor your statement to the requirements of the job you’re applying for, related specifically to the job description. Make your personal statement specific and descriptive, but don’t write an essay – 50 words are probably enough. Make it clear and don’t use jargon – just because it makes sense to you doesn’t mean it will to someone else. And it’s good to include what you’re looking for too, such as full or part time work.
  • Career history
    This section should include the company/employers you have worked for. Starting with your most recent job, include a summary of the roles and any key achievements.
  • Education and training
    Start with the most recent and work backwards, including qualifications and grades achieved. You should also include any training you’ve completed, if applicable.
  • Qualifications and achievements
    Include any professional qualifications, relevant training courses, interests, achievements or even hobbies that may be relevant to the job.
  • Other information 
    Include anything here that you feel is relevant to the job, for example, if you have a full driving licence or can speak a foreign language.
  • References
    At least one of your references should be work related.
Tips on writing your CV
Example CV & Template
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