There's no denying that CV writing is pretty tough. To ease the process, we've put together our top tips for writing a clear and concise CV. If you stick to this format, your CV will look good and flow nicely for the reader.
1. To highlight your achievements write your CV using the following headings in the following order.
- Personal details
- Personal profile
- Key skills
- Career history
- Training courses
2. To show your ability to write clearly and succinctly, keep your CV to two sides of A4. Anything longer is too long and will be off-putting for any reader
3. To show that you have good presentation skills use a lot of white space on your CV. Write the body of the text in Arial 11pts, and use Arial 12pts bold for the headings. Use bullet points to break up a long paragraph
5. Don't try to do anything fancy with boxes, lines, clip art or anything resembling clip art. Many recruitment or HR consultants will re-format your CV into a house style, or email your CV on to other people to see. Most of these little details will get lost in the process.
6. Under the ‘career history' heading, list your jobs in ‘reverse-chronological' order; that means your most recent job comes first in the list. Be sure to identify anything significant that you accomplished in each job role so that prospective employers get a feel for how you can perform over and above what you are asked to do.