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Top tips to create a killer CV

3rd January 2020

It is essential you have a CV that stands out from the crowd. Creating your CV may seem like a daunting task, but with our top tips to create a killer CV, we are giving you a helping hand to create a CV that impresses.

Top tips to create a killer CV

There are ten key things to remember when writing your CV.

  1. Tailor your CV for every job you are applying for and emphasise your experience and skills that are most relevant to the position.

  2. Present your CV in reverse chronological order. Highlight your most recent role and achievements.

  3. Include a mix of soft, hard and transferable skills.

  4. Use action verbs to communicate your skills.  They will help your CV stand out and make your skills seem more impressive.

  5. Your CV should be visually pleasing. Make it easy to read and draw out key points by using bullet points for the most important information. Choose a professional font – we recommend using Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri. Your font size should be between 10 and 12 points. You can make your section headings larger or bolder to stand out.

  6. Be consistent. Make sure you stick to a style and format.

  7. Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  8. Keep it concise. Your CV should be factual and to the point. Avoid using jargon and your CV shouldn’t be more than two A4 pages.

  9. Check and check again! Avoid errors by reading and re-reading your CV.

  10. Probably the most important thing to remember is to regularly update your CV and make sure you meet the requirements of the job you are applying for!

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