Our Top CV Tips

Keep it brief! Usually a CV should be no more than two A4 pages. Employers spend, on average, just 8 seconds looking at any one CV, keep it short and to the point. Extra details can be raised during the interview.

Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for. Research the company and read the job advert correctly to work out which of your skills you should highlight in your CV.

Keep your CV current. Do this even if you aren’t looking for a job – update your CV every time something significant in your career happens, that way you won’t forget about it next time you are applying for a job.

Keep it real and tell the truth!! You will probably get caught out; whether it be at the interview stage or even worse, once you have the job.

Back up your achievements with facts and figures. Don’t just say that you increased sales in your last job, say that you increased sales by X% over a six month period.

Make it look great! Remember the average employer spends just 8 seconds looking at a CV, make yours pleasant on their eye. Use bullet points and keep sentences short – give your words space.

Make it keyword friendly! You need to make it easy for recruiters to find you. If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site make sure you include your previous job titles and key words related to your previous job titles. If you are unsure which key words are best, google your job title and see what other words are commonly mentioned.

Be positive!! This might seem obvious but make sure you present the facts about yourself in a clear and positive way.

Get a second opinion! Ask a friend or a relative to read through your CV to make sure that it reads well, it’s accurate and reflects your skills in a positive way. Get them to double check for any spelling mistakes or typos too!!