Tips for CV writing

  • March 30, 2016
  • 14:14

The key to any successful job application, is your CV. This is your window of opportunity, and your chance to showcase why you are the right candidate for the position. Here are some tips on what you should keep in mind when writing your CV, in order to be successful:

Show what makes you unique
For every job you apply for you could be up against hundreds of other candidates. Make sure you stand out in the crowd, for example by emphasising how your skills fit the requirements of the position.

Choose a clear layout
Recruiters spend a short amount of time scanning your CV, so it needs to remain clutter-free, easy to read and as to-the-point as possible. If your CV contains an endless amount of pages with irrelevant information, success is highly unlikely. The last thing a recruiter wants to do is to go hunting for the information they are looking for.

Keep it error free
It can be easy to make mistakes on your CV and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once an employer receives it. As well as checking your spelling and grammar, make sure your employment dates match up and that you have provided the correct contact information.

Keep your CV up-to-date  When writing your CV it is often difficult remembering the projects you have been involved with and the achievements you have made. To avoid missing important information, revisit your CV every month adding anything of relevance, and deleting any information that is no longer relevant.

Specific keywords As many recruiters use job sites to search for candidates based on specific keywords, it is important to try and include the terms which describe you and relate to the types of positions you are looking for.