CV Writing Tips

Here are some CV Writing Tips to help you to create or spruce up your CV. 

“Your CV may only be looked at for 6 seconds, make it count”

What is a CV?

Your CV, short for curriculum vitae, is a personal marketing document used to sell yourself to prospective employers. It should tell them about you, your professional history and your skills, abilities and achievements. Ultimately, it should highlight why you’re the best person for the job. A CV is required when applying for a job. In addition to your CV, employers may also require a cover letter and a completed application form.

What to include in your CV?

While the structure of a CV is flexible, bending to your unique skill set and experiences, there are particular sections that employers expect to see on your CV regardless.

Here are the sections you must include in your CV:

  • Name, professional title and contact details
  • Personal Profile
  • Experience and employment history
  • Education and qualifications

Additional sections

There is a range of additional sections that may strengthen your CV and highlight your skills. Here are just a few you can include if you have room:

  • Key Skills
  • Hobbies and interests
  • References

Formatting and spacing guidelines

If you’re unsure of how to format your CV, it’s worth downloading a few CV templates to familiarise yourself. After all, formatting and spacing your CV is equally as important as the content. Here are some formatting and spacing tips to bear in mind:

  • Length
  • Headings
  • Font type
  • Font size and page margins
  • Proofreading and consistency
  • Tailoring, keywords and ATSs
  • Saving the file

What not to include;

There are a variety of details that you shouldn’t include on your CV. Here are a few of the common ones:

  • A headshot
  • Age and date of birth
  • Marital status

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