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Writing a CV can seem difficult because there are so many different ways to present yourself. The most important thing is to keep it clear, concise, and include only relevant information.
Read How To Write An Entry Level CV to help give you some ideas of how to write yours!
See our CV template below.
Match your CV with your cover letter
You should always try to send a good cover letter with your CV wherever possible. It can be a great way to introduce yourself to a potential employer and make you stand out from the crowd. You’ll find information on how to write one here, as well as a cover letter template to help get you started.
You don’t need to cram all the information into your CV – it can easily start to look messy and confusing. Using our CV template and content advice will help you with the formatting.
Only include the most relevant information for the job you’re applying for. You can include more details of your previous jobs in your cover letter and explain any specific achievements.
Check for correct punctuation and grammar by using Grammarly which is a really useful free tool that can help with this.
Make it easy for the employer
Create a nice, clear layout and focus on the most important part of your CV – your ‘work experience’ section. Previous experience is proof that you are best suited to the role you are applying for.
Make the effort to check the job specification and tailor your CV accordingly. Remember, employers will be looking for key transferable skills, so make it easy for them to find!
Check all the dates of your employment and education and ensure there are no substantial gaps. If there are any gaps, just include these details in an email or in your cover letter.
Using our CV template will help you with your layout and content.
It’s not OK to lie on your CV. If you were out of work for a period of time, just be honest. You can even say how you learned from this experience and use it to your advantage.
Employers will appreciate honesty and be impressed if you show how you can learn or overcome adversity.
Don’t embellish your skills just to get the role. This can damage your workplace relations once you’re in the job if people notice you’ve oversold yourself.