Your CV is your first point of contact to a potential employer, so it is essential it has impact and promotes you to your best advantage.
There are no hard and fast rules, but by following these simple tips, your CV should appeal to a wide audience.
- Use a simple and widely recognised typeface such as Arial or Times New Roman for example. Artistic or gimmicky fonts are not always easy to read and may put employers off.
- Use sub headings to highlight different categories i.e. employment history and education. This helps employers go immediately to the information that they are most interested in.
- Introduce yourself at the start, brief personal details such as name and contact information.
- Follow your personal information with a brief profile, ideally no more than 3 or 4 sentences giving a snapshot view of your skills, experience and career aspirations. This really helps employers gain an overall and immediate impression of you.
- Education comes next, don't go back to when you were at primary school, employers are only interested in your senior education qualifications. Be sure to add any relevant training courses that you have attended.
- Employment history should then follow starting with your most recent job. List your duties and key responsibilities clearly in bullet point format, also main achievements and skills you have acquired. This should include the name of the company, dates of employment and position held.
- Make sure you cover any gaps in employment e.g. maternity breaks, travelling etc. If you don't employers will be suspicious.
- If possible keep your CV to 2 pages or 3 at the most, any more will be too much and will probably not be read.
- Always check and double check your CV. A spelling mistake or grammatical error could ruin your chances of being shortlisted.