Writing the perfect CV can be a difficult task, and perhaps a little overwhelming. This guide is to help you on your way to writing a CV that will stand out from the crowd when you apply for your next role.
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Below is all the tips and trick you need to know how to write a CV. From our experience as recruiters, we have found a certain format works best with employers. That is why we have created the template for you, ready for all of your information. This CV template will work across most professionals and industries. However, if you are in a more creative role, you may want to consider a CV that reflects your particular skills.
So if you already have a winning CV, but you just need to put it into a winning template, you can download that here.
In today’s modern world, most employers use an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to asses and screen CVs that they get sent. But, how do you write a CV that is ATS-friendly?
Don’t worry, our team have got you covered. We have put together this comprehensive guide to show you how. It’s packed with helpful tips from optimising your keywords on your CV, to choosing a simple layout.
Make sure your CV beats the bots and gets noticed by the right people. Read our guide on how to write an ATS-friendly CV by clicking the link below.
Do not write your CV as a story, it makes it very difficult to read and is extremely unengaging. Don’t forget an employer reviews a CV for an average of 6 seconds before deciding to review it any further.
The template provided is adaptable; use your common sense when creating your CV. So for longer periods of employment, you will want to include more information and for shorter periods of employment you may include less information.
The ‘Employment’ area of your CV is the most important for experienced candidates, as it’s often reviewed first by employers. It is therefore vital that all key details are listed, including your dates of employment, company name, job title, duties and achievements within the role.
Add a sentence or two about each employer including what products/services they offer. This will allow new employers to quickly understand the current and previous markets you have operated in.
We would advise avoiding the use of any internal jargon or acronyms when listing your duties and responsibilities. Make it relevant to a potential new employer.
If you are a sales professional, we would strongly advise including your financial targets and achievements, major project wins etc.
If you have a job title which isn’t meaningful to the outside world, we would suggest changing it to something slightly more relevant and meaningful to a potential new employer. For example: if your job title is Specials Quote Technician and you provide estimates for clients, we would suggest you change it to Estimator.
The 2 page CV rule is a myth. Although it may be more applicable for fresh graduates with very little work experience, any experienced individuals should have a more detailed CV as this is your opportunity to sell yourself. From our experience a typical CV should be from 3-5 pages long.