CV Tips

Creating the Right CV

FORMAT:

  • Start with your name & contact details

– An agency / prospective employer will then be able to quickly contact you about suitable positions

  • Brief profile

– This should be a brief summary highlighting your relevant skills & experience

  • Relevant qualifications

– These qualifications should be relevant for the roles you are applying for – e.g. CISSP, CISA or any degree qualifications

  • Career history in correct order (Your most recent role should be first)

– Make sure that the dates for each of your roles are accurate

– State your Job Title and give a brief description of the company

– Give a summary of your main duties and achievements

– Bullet point the summary – it is easier to read than a long paragraph

– Use positive language and it should be in the 1st person

  • Education

– School Qualifications, any qualifications that aren’t relevant to the role you are applying for

  • Interests and hobbies

– Think about the interests and hobbies which will portray a good professional image. For example hobbies that portray team work and competitiveness

  • “References available on request”

– Don’t include your referee contact details

 TIPS:

  •  Keep your CV Neat and Uniform 

– Use the same font throughout and make good use of underline, bold, italics and highlight

– Don’t make spelling or grammar mistakes or use internal jargon

  • Your CV is not an essay, it is a document that is selling you

– Don’t write long, wordy paragraphs

– Don’t include too much personal information

  • Keep your CV professional

– Don’t make jokes

– Don’t include philosophical quotations

– If you include Reasons for Leaving – keep it credible and concise

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