With your CV, you need to make a good first impression, fast. In general, we advise the following:
Use the CV to give an overview of why you are right for a particular role.
- Show that you have read and understood the job description.
- Tailor your skills and experience to the role you are applying for.
- Use active, high impact language.
Stay relevant and keep concise.
- Keep the design clean and simple.
- Remember the CV "hotspots": current and last role, headings and education are where recruiters look first.
- Limit yourself to two to three pages, if possible.
Most people include sections on:
- Personal details and contact information.
- Work history and/or experience:
- Begin with a short paragraph summarizing your current profile and skills,
include budget and headcount responsibility where relevant.
- List current and previous jobs/work experience, most recent first,
with one to two sentences summarizing overall role and responsibilities.
- Use bullet points to highlight specific details that are
relevant to the job you are applying to.
- Education and qualifications (academic and professional where relevant)
- Relevant skills
- Personal interests, achievements or hobbies.
- References: Use previous employers; former teachers or professors if
you're applying for your first job.