How to write a CV

Writing your CV

Remember your CV is competing against those from other applicants who are also trying to sell themselves to prospective employers. The challenge is to make yours more appealing. Short-listed candidates are the people who provide employers with the best CV’s and covering letters.

Questions to ask yourself before you send your CV

Are you finding it difficult to match your skills against the requirements of the role? Then perhaps the job is not for you. There is no point in falsifying your details in order to get a job. Put yourself in the shoes of the employer and ask yourself what are they looking for? Use this as a blue print for your CV.

What are employers looking for from a CV?

See a sample CV

It takes an employer a matter of seconds to look through your CV and decide whether to put it into the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ pile. Your CV needs to show that you are the right person for the job. If you are replying to an advertisement, make sure that your CV matches the job requirements.

A good CV:

  • Is no more than 2 pages in length – long CV’s are regarded as time wasting. If you have a long career history you can possibly extend this to 3 pages
  • Clearly states who you are, where you have been and what you have to offer. Don’t hide your name with your personal information, put it in bold at the top of your CV and in a minimum of 12pt font
  • Looks attractive. It must be well laid out, structured and easy to read
  • Includes a catchy personal profile to grab the attention of the reader
  • Should be printed on good quality paper – it may be circulated around several departments. Also remember to print on one side of the paper only
  • Contains bulleted lists – short and concise points are clean and informative
  • Lists all relevant work experience – make sure it’s written in reverse chronological order with your most recent employment at the top