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CV Writing

  1. Use a template for your CV; there are loads of free ones available online that will help you keep your CV looking professional and structured clearly.
  2. It’s highly recommended that your CV is not long and rambling – ideally it should be no longer than two sides of A4. Good ways of achieving this are:
    • Keep your margins wide so you’ve got the maximum amount of space to write
    • Make sure contact details are kept to a minimum. Just your telephone number and email address are fine.
    • KISS (Keep It Short & Simple). Bullet points are great, and try not to make your paragraphs overly long.
    • Take out any information which is not directly applicable to the job you’re applying for.
    • Put your highest educational achievement first. If you’ve got a degree, then don’t worry about listing each and every GCSE result. Simply put the number of GCSEs you achieved, as well as the grade ranges.
  3. Begin with a personal statement. Make this totally relevant to the job you’re going for, exactly like you did with your cover letter.
  4. If you have recently left school, college or university, then your education should be listed before your work history. If you are more experienced in your career, then your work history should appear before your education.
  5. To show your work history, your most recent job role should appear first then go backwards through the others.
  6. Highlight your achievements, performance and results. Sell yourself!
  7. Proofread it for correct grammar and spelling, and fix any typos. Then check again.
  8. Save your CV as a Word document and call it something relevant like JOHN JONES CV.

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