CV Writing


 

A CV showcases your professional experience, responsibilities and background. It is a chance for you to show off your biggest achievements, your brightest contributions and what you bring to the party.

There are various formats for a CV but simple basics apply to each. Whatever your preferred style, font and order, consider the following:

  • Length – a CV should be no longer than 2-3 sides
  • Use bullets and headers to highlight information
  • Include any P&L, headcount, regional and additional portfolio responsibilities that are not clear from the job title.If you have stayed with a company through several roles, define responsibilities for each one.
  • If you have changes jobs frequently, give reasons for moves such as voluntary redundancy, promotion, headhunted etc.
  • Publications and books should feature at the end followed by references – clarify if permission is needed to speak to them or whether they can be approached directly.
  • Include industry awards and relevant training in the body of the CV.
  • Check everything for typos and grammar. Then check it again! Cut and paste are brilliant tools for editing but wreak havoc with the English language.
  • Make a CV personal. Allow some personality to filter through whilst remaining professional.
  • Put your name in the header/footer of each page.
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CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Name

Address

Email & Telephone

 

Personal Profile

Highlights your key skills and strengths

 

Career History (reverse chronological order. Most recent first. Include roles and dates.)

 

Education

 

Qualifications & Training

 

Personal Information

Provide details of any courses, training and additional skills.

If relevant to the job, disclose if a Driving Licence is held and any notice period.

 

Achievements & Interests

Any personal or professional achievements such as awards and hobbies

 

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