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Career Advice CV’s & Cover Notes

How to Write and Style the Perfect CV

When it comes to producing a CV that can get you an interview, there’s a lot at stake, but writing a CV that sells what you can do is within the scope of anyone.

We’ve created a CV guide for every step of the journey to help you stand out for all the right reasons.

CV Content

Contact Details: Include your address (town, county + postcode prefix), full name (no titles), contact number and email address at the top of your CV.

Profile or Personal statement: This is the short, snappy opening of your CV, so you must ensure it stands out and sells you as a person within 200 words. This is your opportunity to draw the recruiter in! Highlight the reason why you would like to work in the sector you’re applying for, as well as a few of your critical skills. Don’t also forget to note the career aims that you wish to achieve.

Education: Start with your most recent education first, and remember to list all previous education with the qualifications you achieved.

Skills: List down all the relevant skills you could bring to the job, e.g. working as a team, IT skills and managing people.

Work experience: This can include your previous jobs, voluntary roles and internships. The most recent should be at the top, with the company’s name, job title and the period you were in that role.

Achievements: This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your attributes and skills to make you a suitable candidate for the job. If there is something you are proud of or you have been recognised within your previous employment (i.e. testimonials from a client or internal awards) and they are relevant to the role you’re applying for, it’s worth noting them down.

Hobbies and interests – If there is a particular hobby or interest that will add value, it is worth mentioning, (i.e. volunteer work or learning a new language).

CV Style

Layout: Make sure you section your CV, so it flows, but consider putting your most relevant and attractive skills nearer the top to entice the reader.

Grammar: Remember to ask a friend or relative to proof-read your CV and use a spell checker to eliminate mistakes.

Presentation: Ensure that the font you use is professional-looking, in a regular size (10-12). Also, ensure you use bullet points to keep your CV looking professional, neat and easy to read.

Style: There is no right or wrong way to present your CV; however, try to think about your target audience when designing your CV. Don’t forget that every job is different; thus you will need to ensure that the CV is tailored to the role you’re applying for.

Remember to include:

– Achievements and work experience relevant to the job

– An understanding of the job requirements

– The skills you can bring to the company

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