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Top 10 CV tips

1st November 2019

Writing a CV is no easy task. But it is worthwhile spending time getting it right. Check out our expert tips for CV writing.

10 CV tips

  1. Tailor your CV to each job you apply for by emphasising your skills and experience that are relevant to that job.

     

  2. Describe your transferable skills, such as team working, problem solving and planning.

     

  3. Sound positive and dynamic by using active verbs.

     

  4. Present information in reverse chronological order. This applies to both your qualifications and your work experience. An employer is most interested in what you have done recently and expects you to devote more space on the CV to these activities.

     

  5. Considering the visual impact. Are the headings logically ordered? Are there big blocks of text unbroken by bullet points or subheadings? Would you want to read it?

     

  6. Be consistent in how you present information and in the layout. For example, have headings in the same style, present your employment history in the same format for each entry.

     

  7. Check spelling and grammar, don’t just rely on a spell checker.

     

  8. Be concise, your CV should be no more than two pages.

     

  9. Review and update your CV regularly.

     

  10. Reconsider the style, content and covering letter, and get advice if you aren’t getting interviews.

In need of some more advice? Head on over to our career advice section where you’ll find everything from formatting your CV to advice on starting your new job.

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