Top things to consider when writing your CV

CV writing can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t updated it in a while. Here’s our top things to consider when writing yours!

Starting from scratch? Use a template.

Don’t worry too much about how it should look, there are hundreds of templates available on the internet. You can also access templates via Microsoft Word. This will give you a great basis for starting your CV.

Keep it simple.

Having an uncomplicated CV makes it a lot easier for employers to read. Make sure you have your full name, email and telephone number; followed by subheadings which should include your:

  • Personal statement
  • Key skills
  • Work history
  • Achievements
  • Education and qualifications
  • Hobbies and interests

Keep it less than two pages and focus on creating an engaging personal statement to keep them reading; tell your prospective employer what makes you unique and try to avoid buzz words such as hard-working and passionate.

Tailor your CV

Tailor your CV to match the job you are applying for. Look at the person specification/job description and write your skills to match for example:

Job description:

Essential skills include social media management and Microsoft Office.

CV brief example:

In my previous role, I used the full Microsoft Package including Excel to collect client data.

I created and scheduled content on the business social media channels which included Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

List your achievements

Your CV is a place to blow your own trumpet. Think about what you have done in your everyday life and previous roles. Did you raise money for charity? Tell them. Did you implement a new system that improved customer service? Or maybe, you won a special award? List it.


The most important of all. A typo, spelling error or another mistake may seriously hinder your ability to get past the short-listing stage. Ask a friend or family member to proofread, you can also use Grammarly – an app/website that will help check it for you.

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