A CV is the first point of contact between you and your next potential employer. Your CV is your most valuable tool to get to the job interview stage. Therefore, the more effort you put into tailoring your CV to the job you are applying for, the more likely you are to get an interview. It should be presented in a clear and easy to read format with a simple breakdown of information. Remember your CV represents YOU so be sure to make it your own and spell check it multiple times! This CV writing blog will breakdown the perfect structure and what to include for each section.
1. Begin with name, address and contact details
Include your main contact details so employers will be able to reach you on easily at anytime. Make sure the details are clear and feature prominently at the top of your CV.
You could also include a link to your LinkedIn profile .
2. Introduce yourself
This is where you can summarise and highlight what you’re about. Summarise any career highlights that will draw attention to what you have accomplished. It should be tailored for each role you apply for and aim to make you stand out from competition.
Use brief bullet points to list the skills and experience you have that are specific and relevant to the role. Hiring managers will scan this section of your CV very quickly to see what you can offer and you’re suitability for the role.
Tip – wherever possible, use the same adjectives as those used in the advertisement.
3. Previous relevant experience
This section should include your work history in most recent historical order including paid work, relevant volunteer or work experience placements. It is important to tailor this section of your CV to the job, specifically where key responsibilities in previous roles are applicable for your application.
Tip – highlight how you overcame challenges both personally and as a team member.
Shout about your achievements! Your CV is your opportunity to sell yourself and highlight why you are the best fit the role, so it is important to include where you have gone above and beyond or made a significant achievement.
also list any relevant training, education or courses.
4. Mention your interests or hobbies (optional)
This is where you can highlight your personality in any hobbies or interests outside of work. Note, it is optional to include this on your CV and it is best to avoid stating anything that could cause friction early on.
– Use the right ‘keywords’ to ensure your CV is picked up in word searches
– Explain any gaps in your CV, and be sure to highlight the skills that you have developed
– Don’t include acronyms or organisation related terminology
– Include two forms of contact, email and mobile
– Spelling and grammar check – ensure you check your CV thoroughly for any spelling and grammar errors. Perhaps even consider having a friend or family member check it over for you as well
We hope you now know how to structure your CV and understand what information should go into it. Good luck with creating yours!