Waterman Aspen’s top 10 CV writing tips

Tips On The Best Way To Write A CV

Writing or updating your CV can seem like a daunting task when you’re on the hunt for a new career. Not sure where to begin? Have a read of our top 10 tips to help you get started:

1. Use keywords that will get picked up by employers and search engines

Busy recruiters will often use keyword searches on job sites and search engines to find CVs best suited to the role they’re trying to fill. Research the position and include any desirable keywords or skills on your CV that are likely to be picked up.

2. Keep it short, sweet and no more than two pages

Include enough information to stimulate interest, but not too much so the employer becomes bored and starts skipping text. You don’t want them to miss relevant and important information. Besides, you need to bring something fresh and new at the interview, so save the extra details for then.

3. Stick to a clean, easy-to-read font and a simple layout

Clear headings and bullet points tend to work well and stop your CV becoming too wordy. Your CV needs to look good as well as having good content.

4. Spell-check, then spell-check again

Always check your CV for spelling and grammar mistakes before sending it off. You could get a family member or friend to proof-read it for you too. Also take care if you’re sending the CV directly to a company – the company name and the name of the person you are sending it to should be spelt correctly.

5. Start with your name, contact details and a brief personal statement

Keep this succinct and include any key requirements of the job you’re applying for. For instance, what is your USP? You could also include links to an external portfolio or your LinkedIn profile. This should be followed by your education, along with any qualifications you have gained.

6. List your work experience, starting with your most recent

Include company name, your job title, responsibilities, specific projects, and most importantly, your achievements. How have you contributed to the success of the company? Also, quantify your achievements. For example, “I increased sales turnover by 50% by winning a major tender with a new client”.

7. Add your hobbies, interests or voluntary work, but keep it brief

This helps the employer personalise you. Keep it brief though, unless it specifically relates to the post you are applying for.

8. Explain any employment gaps

If there are any employment gaps in your CV, it’s best to explain what your situation was at the time. You can also highlight any skills or non-professional experience you gained.

9. Sounds obvious, but keep it up to date

Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, it’s always best to record any key achievements or career highlights – you never know when you may need it.

10. Self-opinion is best avoided on a CV

Stick to the facts.

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