Creating a CV
- Use good quality white paper with a plain type face.
- Avoid italics and decorative fonts and don't add an ornate border. You want to be noticed for what you say, not how you present it.
- Try to keep your CV no more than two pages long .
- Be honest.
- Put your name at the top of the front page with your contact details directly underneath. Only include your work number if you do not mind being contacted there.
- Have a clear structure that is easy to understand and read. Your aim is to present facts about yourself concisely and with clarity.
- Use bullet points rather than complete paragraphs which can sometimes lead to unnecessary wordiness.
- Your educational history, academic achievements and work experience should be listed in reverse chronological order; your university degree should come before your school exam results; your most recent job before your first.
- Never leave gaps. If you took a year out or carried out interim assignments, say so, otherwise employers can suspect the worst. Leave nothing to chance.
- Leave your hobbies and interests until last and keep this section short.
Double-check and proof read
- Check your CV carefully. Always run a spell check over it carefully and re-read to ensure accuracy. Ask a friend to proof read it also.
- Your CV is the first impression your potential employer will have of you. Take the time to get it right, you may not have a second chance.