Selling yourself on two sides of A4 doesn’t come easily to most people but it is a crucial skill to learn as this is a popular way for recruiters to decide if you’re a suitable candidate to interview.
Top ten tips for writing your CV
- When cutting information to get your CV on to two pages, don’t leave expanses of time unaccounted for - people will assume the worst.
- Never write ‘CV’ at the top - everyone knows it’s a CV - simply put your name in a slightly larger font than the rest of the document.
- Font sizes should be the same whether your CV is printed or emailed, with 12pt a good compromise, 10pt a little too small, and 13/14pt looking like you’re filling space.
- Use a readable font, like Times New Roman for printed CVs as it is easier to read, and a sans serif font like Arial for emailed CVs as this font reads better on screen.
- Bold and italics should be used sparingly on a CV; bold for section headings and italics for job titles is a good way of breaking up the text and making it easier to read.
- Don’t use bold to highlight key words.
- Throughout your CV, a good use of vocabulary will help take it from being an average one to an outstanding one. The most common of these are action verbs (eg achieved, accomplished, managed, improved, developed) and positive adjectives (resourceful, versatile, innovative, positive, productive).
- Always start your CV with a personal statement and your work experience. Recruiters want to know about you as a person, what skills you have and what your experience is (even if limited). These things will give you lots of areas to expand on at the interview stage.
- Personlise your CV to make it more relevant to the individual vacancy.
- Make sure you proofread your CV, or better still, get someone else to.