aim is to produce a CV that is interesting, while at the
same time keeping the reader engaged through the entire
length of the CV. To
have any chance of success, you must get the reader of
the CV to the second page and beyond with well-written
CV is made up of several components:
� brief explanation of the
� what your role is
� outline your success
is the first thing to be read on the CV and you are
trying to present the following:
- Future objective
is all to be achieved in a four/five line paragraph.
This then gives the reader an
immediate pr�cis of you � and it should excite them
to read further.
five key achievements in your career to date, in a
succinct bullet point format. Have three standard ones,
and insert the other two, tailored to the position you
are sending your CV for.
this standard format for each job, in reverse
dates of employment
the company � not everyone will know who they are or
what they do. Include the website address.
your role and responsibilities.
your achievements in the role.
leave gaps in the work history � it immediately
creates doubt with the reader.
you have gaps in employment, make sure you cover them
with constructive comment, whether it be traveling,
studying, illness etc.
all your qualifications in reverse chronological order.
Include where you achieved your qualifications.
exercise caution here � if you have several stages of
education (GSCE�s; �A� Levels; Degree) you don�t
need to list all the GSCE�s you took, just simple the
number of passes.
non-academic certifications only if they are relevant to
the position you are applying for.
full details to include:
numbers (landline and mobile)
Interests / Activities
may have noticed that these have been omitted from this
CV writing guide. Most of the time they are irrelevant
to the roles being applied for, and while you may feel
you want to put them on the CV, most people who read
CV�s bear no reference to them at all.
are of course exceptions to this rule, the main one
being graduate recruitment, where employers will look
for interests as an indicator to type of personality.
under any circumstance put references on your CV. You
want control over your references, and they only become
relevant when you get offered a job. Your prospective
employer should only ask for references either just
prior to an offer being made, or as part of the actual