Top Curriculum Vitae Tips

Your CV is your only chance to make a first impression. It should therefore come as no surprise that candidates can improve their job seeking prospects by ensuring their CV is up to date and doesn't fall down on any of the most important points.

Top tips

  • A CV should be a well-written, concise document that is no longer than two pages. Three pages are acceptable for more technical CVs or those with very long careers.
  • A CV should be well-presented and should make use of lots of white space. Avoid using any effects such as complicated fonts, shading or other complex formatting. Keep it simple.
  • Keep your CV neat and easy to read by using short paragraphs and sentences.
  • Your CV needs to be honest and factual. Do not stretch the truth.
  • Your CV is a marketing tool, so sell yourself and be positive throughout.
  • Focus on your achievements and quantify wherever possible. Keep achievements as relevant to your target position as possible.
  • Present the most recent information first.
  • Double and triple check your CV for misspellings or grammatical errors. Get someone else to review your document as often people overlook their own mistakes.
  • Avoid repetition as it reduces the impact of your CV.

Avoid including unnecessary information

  • Titles and headings such as "Curriculum Vitae" or "Resume" as it should be obvious what the document is.
  • Reason for leaving - this is something that will be covered at interview.
  • Salary details - providing your salary level can take you out of contention before you have begun.
  • Photographs - unless it is applicable to the type of work you are involved in e.g. modelling.
  • Do not introduce any negativity or weaknesses - never tell readers what you have not got or what you have not had the opportunity to do yet.
  • Jargon and Acronyms - ensure that your CV appeals to as many people as possible.
  • References - you can state that they are available on request, but it is considered by most to be inappropriate and unprofessional to include. These will be taken up at offer stage
  • Personal Details such as Marital Status, Religion, Nationality, Children etc. - this has no bearing on your ability to do the job.