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8 Tips for CV Writing

8 Tips for CV Writing 

1) Contact information

It’s important that you include contact details on your CV, or how will employers get hold of you if they wish to invite you for an interview?! A postal address is not always necessary, but it’s a good idea to include a contact phone number and email address. Make sure you have a voicemail on your telephone, so the employer/Recruitment Agency can leave details for you to pick up.

2) Headline

To start your CV, write a short statement that outlines who you are and what you can offer. This should highlight the skills and qualities you can bring to a job, as it may determine whether the recipient reads the rest of your CV. Keep the text professional, do not go into details of your personal life.

3) Experience

One of the main purposes of your resume is to share your past work experience. List your previous roles in reverse chronological order, focusing on the last 10-15 years if your career spans longer than that.

For each role you must include the name of the company you worked at, the dates you worked there, the position you held and any responsibilities/ achievements while in that job. This will give the recruiter a much more in-depth idea of you work history, helping them to determine if you are right for the vacancy.

4) Education

When it comes to education, it is not necessary to list your entire educational history and rather that at the highest level, for example if you attended college, it is not necessary to list your high school results.

When listing education you should include the degree you completed and result, the college you attended and the year you graduated.

5) Skills

List any skills that you have that you feel would be relevant. These should be changed depending on the job that you are applying for.

6) Extras

In this section you can list any licenses/certifications/awards that you have. You may also wish to include links to your social media accounts (only if you use them professionally), blog or portfolio.

7) Formatting

Your CV shouldn’t be too long, so keep it to 1-2 pages. A good way to format it is to put the information into bullet points, as this allows employers to skim through and focus on any relevant information.

8) Grammar

Make sure that you have proofread your resume to check for any spelling and grammatical mistakes and ask for someone else to read it through in case you’ve missed anything. Keep the language you use, professional.

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