CV Writing Tips

Although writing a CV is not a hard task, catching the eye of a potential employer might be. Writing a good CV is the chance to sell yourself to future employers and is the first step in getting your foot in the door for your perfect job.

There is no wrong or right way to write a perfect CV but by following the tips listed below you’ll increase your chances of being short listed – above all you must emphasise your potential and suitability for the job you’re applying for.

Try and keep your CV 2/3 pages long. Keep it to the point and relevant for the role you’re applying for.

Employers will be looking for specific skills and qualifications so make sure you spend time on this section. It will need to be well worded and concise.

Don’t lie on your CV as it will only catch up with you, but tailor your past achievements and skills to match the requirement.

Suggested Layout
There is no rule to follow in the layout of your CV but below is a simple template that can be followed.

Personal Details
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Personal Summary
This is a chance for you to sell yourself as a person and to write a little bit about what motivates you and why you get out of bed each day to work. Remember this is the first thing an employer will see, so make it short, sharp and to the point.

Technical Summary
Make a bullet point list of your key skills, e.g. Software, Hardware, Applications, and Operating Systems etc. A potential employer will look through a lot of CVs so make sure your skills stick out as it will encourage them to read on.

In reverse chronological order briefly summarise your degree and exam results. Include any technical qualifications you have that are relevant for the role you’re applying for.

Employment History
In reverse chronological order list your employment history. List your position, job title and dates of employment for that employer and do not leave any gaps. For each position list what you did, what technologies you worked with and any team lead or management experience.

Personal Interest / Other Skills
This is a chance for you to let potential employers know about yourself and what you like to do outside to the work place. Talk about genuine interests and give examples to demonstrate your characteristics, such as your ability to work well under pressure or in a team by referring to sporting/social activities.