Top Tips on how to write an excellent CV

Writing a great CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV, below are some great tips to get your CV to a glowing start.

  • Identify the right personal details to include. Learn what to add and what to leave out, such as whether to include your marital status or nickname.
  • Add a personal statement. Find out what one is and how it can be used to focus a potential employer’s attention on your best attributes.
  • Know what to include in the skill section. Discover how to bring your skills to the fore and make sure you understand the difference between transferable, job-related and adaptive skills.
  • Mention former jobs. Brush up on the best ways to present former or current employment in a way that shows you in the best light.
  • Don’t forget your qualifications. Learn what to include, how to select relevant qualifications for a particular CV and why not listing everything exhaustively is crucial.
  • Tailor it to the application. Gain skills with writing a CV that is adapted to an individual employer or a particular sector of industry to get the best results.
  • Keep it up to date. Find out the best ways of keeping your CV up to date so that it is ready to go at a moment’s notice.
  • Don’t use your student email. Even if you may be a student, a student email is known to expire after a certain date.
  • Don’t send your CV in a image format.  Send your CV over by either a PDF or by word document.
  • Don’t put on any personal information. This can be your ID number, NI number, religion or age. However, these may be requested during the onboarding stage.
  • Use a professional email. Or use a email that you know you check regularly.
  • Hobbies and interests. Put these if you feel your CV is lacking a bit and especially if these relate to the job you are applying for.

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