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How To Write A Successful CV

The following information is provided as a Guide to Writing a Successful CV in order to promote you to secure an interview.

The order in which you present your CV can vary and can be adjusted, depending on how you wish to promote your suitability for a particular job role.

Personal Details

  • Name
  • Address
  • Mobile & Home Telephone
  • Email

Do not include superfluous details such as religion, marital status, children’s names as this is all unnecessary.

You do not have to include your date of birth either.

Education & Qualifications

These should be in reverse date order starting with most recent e.g. professional qualifications then university, dating back to secondary education (again do not include primary education). You should include dates, institution and qualifications gained.

Any School Awards Gained or Duke of Edinburgh etc could be mentioned.

Professional Experience

This should be in chronological order, commencing with your most recent employment. Always provide month and year commenced and finished, Name of Company and Job Title.

A one line description of the company is sometimes useful under these headings going on to describe your core duties/responsibilities in bullet points, ensuring that all bullets are the same and are at the same indent for each job.

IT/Software Knowledge

It is important to list your experience in different software, particularly if you are applying for a position which requires certain software knowledge.

Languages

Any additional languages should be added, if fluent.

Interests & Hobbies

Employers look for well rounded individuals who not only are academic but have other pursuits. It also provides an icebreaker at interview stage.

GENERAL

  • Do not lie on you CV. You will be found out!
  • Print on good quality white paper in a plain typeface.
  • Your CV should cover 2 pages, no more than 3 and if you have only just graduated with little work history probably only 1.
  • You MUST check your CV for grammatical and spelling errors, ask a friend/family to read it for you.
  • Explain any gaps on your CV (travelling, career break etc).
  • Current salary details should not be included.
  • Be prepared at interview to be asked reasons for leaving jobs but do not include on your CV.