Writing the perfect CV

 In Careers advice

What makes a CV perfect?

Structure. An effective CV will be the selling point of your most relevant skills and experiences, whilst telling a prospective employer why you are right for their business.

Here are three key points to follow when structuring your CV:

1. Personal Statement

  • In this first section of your CV you need to demonstrate to the prospective employer that you understand what the employer is looking for. In a short paragraph, you should summarise your skills and experience to give them a snapshot of your abilities
  • By introducing yourself with a strong statement which summaries your personal and professional development whilst considering the role you are applying for
  • Keep this statement simple and to the point.

2. Education and Qualifications

  • List your qualifications and in particular highlight industry-specific qualifications which will interest the prospective employer
  • Include information about degrees giving the specific details of the subject, awarding body and year. Be honest as it may be checked
  • Mention relevant skills such as languages, technology, vocational or on the job training
  • Include relevant training or skills acquired while unemployed, on sabbatical, or doing part-time or voluntary work to expose all your skills.

3. Work Experience

  • Start with your most recent position and work backwards
  • Include all details including, job title, start and finish dates, company name and bullet point the details of your job description
  • List all relevant opportunities, achievements and skills
  • Explain any significant gaps in your career, listing any transferable skills which you may have acquired.

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