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How to write a winning CV

Getting your CV right could be the difference between landing your dream position or not.

By using the slider below you can see the difference between a good CV and a bad one.


Personal Profile

This is the place to sell yourself – in a business sense! There is no need for personal information such as your age, height or marital status just let the person reading know why they should hire you, and try to avoid any awkward cliches!

Personal Details

  • You may have created your e-mail address as a teenager, but your CV is not the place to showcase it so make sure cool_dude85@hotmail.com is replaced by a more professional your.name@yahoo.co.uk
  • Provide as many contact details as you can, if you have a LinkedIn profile there might be space to link to it here, especially if you are e-mailing your CV to potential employers
  • Be careful when linking to other social media profiles that they would impress and not put off a potential employer, learn how to optimise your social media profiles for employers

Formatting

  • Make sure you use a consistent font type and size throughout – having different fonts can be difficult to read and looks untidy, pick one you like and stick to it
  • You only have a limited amount of space on a CV so make sure you use it wisely, if possible don’t leave large chunks of white space

Spelling Mistakes

The number one rule for your CV is to proof read! Make sure there are no silly errors or spelling mistakes.

Work Experience

  • Any relevant skills or special duties that you had should be included here – provide as much detail as you can without sounding like you are waffling
  • If you have any large gaps in your employment history potential employers may pick up on it – make sure you have an answer prepared

Be Honest

  • But not too honest – saying that you fell out with staff members in a previous job doesn’t look great to new employers
    Your CV is the place to sell yourself, but don’t add skills and experiences unless you can prove them