Writing a great CV


 
25/06/2011
 
Your CV can make or break your chances of finding a great job. It’s your chance to show prospective employers what you’re made of and to stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market.
 
So how do you go about writing a great CV?
 
Start by creating the following headings: Personal Statement, Skills Summary, Work History, Education and Interests. These sections are your basic template – remember to put your name and contact details at the top of the page too.
 
Your personal statement and skills summary are where you want to grab an employer’s attention. What makes you special? What are your key strengths? Describe them with clear and positive language.
 
Your work history should list your jobs in reverse order starting from now. Under each role, write about three bullet points that describe your achievements. It’s crucial to describe your achievements and how you made a difference rather than just what your responsibilities were. For example, “exceeded sales targets by £2000 per quarter and brought in £24,000 of new business” is better than “responsible for hitting sales targets and bringing in new business”.
 
Good CVs are no longer than two pages, so be concise.
Even if you have the best content in the world, employers will discount your CV immediately if it is untidy or riddled with errors. It sounds basic, but make sure that your CV uses a single, sensible, font. Run a spell check and make sure you’ve got your apostrophes in the right place.