(Scroll down for extra tips on CVs and for a pdf Template with Tips)
There is no such thing as a perfect CV and there are many different schools of thought on the best approach. However, a CV must be easy to read, structured and contain relevant information. Your People First Recruitment consultant will be able to advise you individually on your CV, its content and layout. However, here is an article and a few pointers below to get you started:
- Use only one font
- Use bullet points where possible
- Keep the layout clean and organised
- Limit your CV to a maximum of two sides of A4
- Double-check your CV for spelling and grammatical errors and ask a friend to check your CV before you send it out.
- Make sure your CV is factual and concise
- Back up your skills with examples of your achievements
- Always be honest about facts including qualifications
- Provide all your work history and explain any employment gaps – never try to cover up any gaps by tweaking the dates
- The most important information should appear on the first page
- Write a personal profile of yourself to highlight your strengths, achievements and qualities (this should be about 50 words maximum)
- Include details of your education and qualifications, as well as names of schools and results achieved
- Detail your work history in reverse
chronologicalorder, starting with your present or most recent job
Here are links to articles with more advice, and at the bottom are PDFs with sample CV templates
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Please download this sample CV, with tips included, to help create your own.
Here is a blank CV template for you to use.