How should I present my CV?

Writing your CV can be a challenge – especially if you’ve never written one before. So, to instantly improve your applications, try reading our expert CV help.

Covering everything from how to write a CV and what to include, right through to free CV templates and pointers for your personal statement, there’s something for everyone. No matter what stage of your career you’re in.

So whether you’re a school leaver creating your first CV from scratch, a recent graduate looking to find a full-time position, or you’ve been out of work for a while and want to refresh your CV – learn everything you need to know about CV writing now.

Your CV is the first thing an employer will see when hiring for a vacancy, and how it looks at first glance will be the reason they decide to read it in more detail. Even if your skills match the role perfectly, a messy and confusing CV probably won’t even get a second look. It is much more than simply listing your professional achievements – Check out some of our Recruitment experts’ tips for CV writing below.

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Expert Tips on writing a CV:

  • What to include in your CV
    • Contact Details
    • Summary
    • Education
    • Work Experience
    • Skills & Achievements
    • Interests/hobbies (Optional)
    • References – Available upon request
  • Check for spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Avoid generic terms like ‘motivated’ or ‘hardworking’ – Instead, provide real life examples that prove or demonstrate where/when you have shown these skills.
  • Tailor your CV to the company or role you are applying for – Research the company you are applying for and highlight the appropriate skills for the role & company (and discard any irrelevant)
  • Write a professional summary first – This section introduces you to your potential employer and sums up your ideal career. This is the best way to initially draw in your reader so ensure this is written clear and concise.
  • DO NOT use an inappropriate email address – Ensure the email you put on your CV is a professional one. You may even choose to create a separate email address just for your job search.
  • DO NOT lie or exaggerate on your CV – I know it sounds obvious, but lying on your CV is a no-go. This will demonstrate both dishonesty to the potential employer, as well as create potential serious consequences.