Writing a CV
Employers can quickly glance at your CV before deciding on whether or not to invite you to an interview. If you're looking for a job, it is therefore critical that you write your CV to the best of your ability to impress hiring managers. NES Global Talent has put together the following tips to help you prepare your CV.
- Tailor your CV to the job - Self-assess yourself against the job criteria, analysing the role and your skills to make your CV relevant to the job role.
- Take time to proof read your CV - Spelling mistakes and bad grammar work against you to create the impression that you don’t have attention to detail. Always spell check after writing and ask a friend to check it over.
- Keep personal details to a minimum - Whilst you may want to include a brief bio, it is not advisable to include your age, religious or political stance.
- Order your education & qualifications – Give prominence to the most recent or the most relevant qualifications to the specific role you are applying to.
- Get the most from your skills - Aside from formal qualifications, ensure to mention software skills, applications, operating systems and databases that your are familiar with. Speak any foreign languages? Include them.
- Advertise your experience - Don’t stop at formal job roles. Have you taken part in work placements / voluntary work? List the skills you developed in each role.
- Be truthful – never embellish the truth, as you will always get found out at some point.
- Structure your CV – it depends on the role you are applying for, but generally speaking your CV should include the following sections: contact details, nationality/visa details (if applicable), skills summary, work experience, education/training, interests, references.
- Make your CV presentable – You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make your CV look nice. Use a colour (but remain professional) and most importantly make your CV easy for the hiring manager to read the key information. If you’re delivering it by mail/hand, make sure it isn’t folded.
- Format your CV – Use bullet points, bold heading and underlining to clearly differentiate the sections of your CV and aid navigation. Never use a typeface less than 10pt.
- Don’t explain why you left positions – you want to keep the tone positive and can explain this in an interview if you are asked.
- Keep it simple - Maintain a logical order and keep sentences neat and to the point - try to not go beyond 2 sides of paper.
- Include contact details – Make sure your email address is professional and reflects your name, not your personality.
- Update your CV – even when you’re happily in employment, make sure you always update your CV on a regular basis. It’s easy to forget your achievements and day-to-day roles if you have to think back to years ago.
- Make sure you submit your CV with a cover letter. Read our guidance on how to write a cover letter.