When preparing your CV for a prospective employer, follow these steps to make it stand out and increase your chances of landing an interview.
- Use good quality white paper with a plain typeface like Arial or Times New Roman.
- Avoid italics and decorative fonts and don’t add an ornate border.
- Try to keep your CV to no more than two pages.
- Be honest.
- Put your name at the top of the front page with your contact details directly underneath. Only include your work number if you do not mind being contacted there.
- Have a clear structure that is easy to understand and read; present facts about yourself clearly and concisely.
- Use bullet points rather than complete paragraphs.
- Your educational history, academic achievements and work experience should be listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Your university degree should come before your school exam results.
- Never leave gaps. If you took a year out or carried out interim assignments, say so, otherwise employers can become suspicious.
- Leave your hobbies and interests until last and keep this section short. Use common sense, ‘spending time with friends’ creates a better impression than ‘having a few pints with my friends’.
Double-check and proof read
- Check your CV carefully, always run a spell check over it and carefully re-read to ensure accuracy.
- Your CV is the first impression any potential employer will have of you. Take the time to get it right, you may not have a second chance.