Writing a CV can be a difficult and stressful task, particularly if you’re having to write it from scratch. There’s not a ‘one size fits all’ solution to writing your CV, it depends on your situation and what you’re looking for next. However, we’ve put together some basic points of how to best write your CV if you’re not sure where to start.
1. Personal details
Are your personal details correct on your CV? Whether your applying to a recruitment agency or direct to an employer, they will always want to contact you. Make sure your contact details are right so you can be contacted, avoiding the possibility of missing out on the opportunity. Date of birth, Gender, Nationality are not necessary if you don’t want to offer these details.
2. Personal statement
This is an area of a CV that is often missed out. A personal statement is an opportunity to explain who you are, and why you would be suitable, in a few sentences. Let the recruiter know who you are, what you’re looking for, and tailor it as to why you’re applying for that particular role.
3. Work experience
This will most likely be the largest section of your CV, unless you’re a recent school leaver or graduate. List the most recent first, and outline all your responsibilities, achievements and skills gained in concise bullet points. List the organisation and job title, also be sure to include dates of when you started and finished every role.
4. Skills & experience
Here is a chance to show how your previous work experience has given you the skills you need to be a suitable candidate for your next role. You should list your key skills, it’s a good idea to tailor this depending on what job you’re applying for. You could also list some achievements that you’re most proud of.
Next you should list your educational experiences, with dates of when you attended the school/college, the qualification and the grade you achieved. You could also give details of any achievements that you’re proud of that you feel might set you apart from other candidates.
6. Hobbies & interests
While it’s not always needed to include your hobbies and interest, mentioning relevant ones could back up some of your stated skills. It also shows your human side, and gives something to talk about in the interview. Don’t just say that you enjoy socialising with friends or listening to music for the sake of putting something, make sure it adds value to your CV.
It’s not necessary to note the details of your referees on your CV unless you are specifically asked to do so by the employer. Stating that references will be available upon request is perfectly acceptable. However, you should ensure that you have referees ready if you’re offered who are willing to give you a reference.