How to write a CV

This resource aims to assist individuals who are either new to CV writing or haven’t engaged in the process for some time.

 

Please see below information that we think is necessary on a CV:

First and foremost, bid farewell to generic CVs. Ensure they are tailored to the specific role you are applying for. Showcase your skills and experiences to demonstrate your genuine interest in working for the company.

 

Contact information (make sure this is up to date and accurate!):

Name

Location

Email address

Telephone number

 

Profile – one short paragraph Craft a concise personal statement tailored to your career goals and the highlighting your experience .

Your profile should briefly outline what you do and your experience. For example: “I am an apprenticed trained M&E engineer who specialises in…”. This section should only be one paragraph, and ideally no more than approximately 5 lines of text.

 

Key Skills

When you are explaining about your key skills, try to offer an overview in just a few bullet points. Give details about what you do and your experience. For example:

 

  • 5 years production management experience
  • Computer systems used – SAP
  • Following production outlines – GMP

 

Employment History

Always start with your most recent job first. Mention your job title, company name and the month/year you started working there. Try to avoid adding only the year you were employed there, as most of the recruiters will assume you didn’t stay there very long.

If you do have gaps in your CV longer than 6 months, then explain why (travelling, raising a family, temping, etc.). If your work experience is longer than 15 years you do not need to list all your jobs. You can just list a title and the company name.

 

Qualifications and Education

List any degrees, and work related certificates. Put the most relevant and recent ones first, and don’t give too many details. For example, you can just state 10 GCSEs grades A-C including English, Maths and Science.

 

Additional Information

Try and keep this concise. List things like driving licence, and activities you like to participate in. This should be shorter than your profile section.

 

Summary

In Summary- Keep it crisp and clear. Opt for an organised layout, a readable font, and concise bullet points. Aim for a two-page CV, focusing on quality. Personalise your CV for the specific role and tailor it to the company’s expectations. Highlight specified skills clearly; you want the employer to easily recognise that you’re an ideal fit for the position without having to search extensively in your CV. Maintain clarity and ensure that your CV resonates with the requirements of the role you’re applying for.

 

And finally, while it may seem like overkill, we can’t stress enough how often people make simple yet costly mistakes by overlooking the importance of double-checking their work.
Avoid common spelling mistakes that might give the impression of rushed work. Ensure you have accurate details – from verifying that you have an 11-digit mobile number to ensuring your email address is correct.  Remember, your CV serves as an initial reflection of yourself, so getting the details right, no matter how small, is crucial. These seemingly minor steps can play a substantial role when someone reaches out to contact you.

 

We hope you found this blog helpful and that it guides you towards creating a great CV that helps secure you on your new role 😊 . Good luck!