CV Tips

(Scroll to the end for extra tips on CVs)

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 the relevant information. Your People First Recruitment consultant will be able to advise you individually on how to write a CV and its content and layout. However, here are a few pointers to get you started:

Presentation

  • Use only one typeface
  • 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.

Content

  • Make sure your CV is factual and concise
  • Back up your skills with examples when possible
  • Always be honest about facts including qualifications
  • Provide all your work history and explain any gaps – never try to cover up any gaps by tweaking the dates

Layout

  • 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)
  • Include details of your education and qualifications, as well as names of schools and results achieved
  • Detail your work history in chronological order, starting with your present or most recent job

17 things (plus one extra) to NOT Put in Your CV (and why)