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A CV is usually the first thing an employer will see about you which is why it is important to invest some time and effort into making it the best it can be. Putting a CV together doesn’t have to be difficult it just takes practice, research the company and role you are applying for, and tailor your CV to meet the needs of the job.

The Do’s and Don’ts

Do's
  • Always target your CV to each job
  • Check the specifics of what a CV looks like for your sector
  • Match the skills you have to the skills the employer is looking for
  • Make it EASY To READ an attractive CV will grab an employer’s attention
  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar: your CV may not get through to the next stage if there are mistakes
  • Give specific examples to illustrate your skills. Remember who, what, when and how
  • Get someone to CHECK over your CV before submitting your application
Don'ts
  • Don’t lie
  • Be honest and objective
  • You may be questioned about your CV in detail during the interview
  • Don’t use the same CV for all your applications – TARGET!
  • Don’t write curriculum vitae at the top of your CV
  • Don’t write long descriptive sentences, keep them concise and to the point
  • Don’t be downbeat. Avoid any negative words, false modesty or inappropriate email addresses
  • Don’t include a photograph unless you are applying for a job in the modelling or acting profession

Selling Yourself

REMEMBER: Before you write your CV, it is really important that you can reflect on who you are and what skills and experience you can offer. Always put your unique selling points near the top of your CV and make sure they are relevant to the job you are applying for.

Writing for impact

The language you use in your CV is important. By using positive verbs (see below example) you can emphasise the action and contribution you gave to an activity or role. You should always ensure that you evidence all your skills.

Useful phrases:

More than x years extensive and diverse experience in ... Initially employed to / joined organisation to specialise in ...
Demonstrated skills in ... Experienced in all facets / phases / aspects of ...
Extensive academic / practical background in ... Promoted to ...
In charge of implementing ... Proven track record in ...
Knowledge of / experience as ... Experience involved / included ...
Extensive training / involvement in ... Successful in / at developing ...               
Constant interaction with ... Reported to senior management when ...
Provided technical assistance to ... Disseminated results of analysis ...
Worked closely with ... Instrumental in ...
Succeeded in ... Good knowledge of ...
Planned and managed ... Supported customers / colleagues with ...
Initiated financial savings by ... Research, assessed and synthesised ...