What makes a good CV

CV Checklist

1: Start with name, address, and contact details.
2: Introduce yourself
3: Summarise your skills
4: Highlight relevant experience and achievements
5: List any relevant training, education and courses
6: Include References (or state they're available on request)

A few more tips

Tailor your CV to each role you apply for

This means tweaking the Introduction and Relevant Experience sections to highlight what you can offer to a prospective employer. If you want to seem more personable, include a brief statement about your hobbies.

In the Relevant Experience section, include paid work, relevant volunteer or work experience placements. It is important to tailor this section of your CV to the job. Highlight how you overcame challenges both personally and as a team member. 

Use bullet points

Bullet points can help you summarise and draw attention to the salient parts of your experience. Make sure your bullet points include practical examples of when you may have used those skills. If possible, try to incorporate these into the Work Experience section. 

Remember, it’s best not to overdo it: too many bullet points will disrupt reading! 

Check for spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes

Make sure everything reads well and avoid overly complicated sentences. 

Pay attention to CV format

Remember to use consistent formatting throughout the document. You can break up your CV by using making section headings larger and bold. If you list your experience in reverse chronological order, it will make for an easier read.

When saving the document, make sure the title identifies you (ie Name-Surname-CV). Unless the job adverts requires you to provide your CV in a specific format, always save with a .PDF file extension.

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