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How to write a CV in three easy steps…

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30 Jun 2016
How to write a CV in three easy steps…Your CV is a hugely important part of the recruitment process when moving jobs, so how do you go about writing a CV with impact? First impressions count, and your CV is nearly always the first time an employer engages with you and your brand. To assist with writing your CV, you can break the process down in to three parts:

Structure

First of all, don’t fall in to the ‘trap’ of assuming your CV has to be limited to two pages. It can be as long as needs to be, within reason - obviously you don’t want to produce a CV which is 16 pages long!

Start off with your contact details at the top, followed by your education and professional qualifications. Be sure to include your A level grades and degree classification, no matter how senior you are. Follow this with a summary section, which should offer a precis of your skills and experience. This should also articulate the reasons why you’re looking to make a move at moment and how this fits in to your long-term career goals.

Then provide an overview of your career history, starting with your most recent role and ensure you include key information such as the company, your job title, and the dates you were employed.

Style/tone

Your style and tone should be succinct and to the point - whatever you do don’t waffle. If you feel that you have a bit too much information in there consider trimming down the roles at the beginning of your career.

You can also use numbers and figures to put information across, whether this relates to a percentage increase/decrease or just to illustrate team size. Combine this with the use of narrative if needed to describe particular projects or highly your skills in a specific area.

Sell yourself

Something people don’t do enough of is sell themselves properly. You don’t have to be over the top about it, you could just include a couple of bullet points under each role you’ve held to demonstrate your achievements. This gives the potential employer looking at your CV a real-life reference point, makes you stand out as memorable and sets you apart from the rest of the applicants.  

Are you in the processing of planning for a career move? If you’re considering updating your CV, please feel free to get in touch, we would be happy to offer advice free of charge, to help you in your job search journey.

For further tips in crafting the perfect CV, contact me on 0151 224 1480 or email austn.brislen@sellickpartnership.co.uk. Alternatively, check out our candidate resources section for interview advice and guidance on how to develop your personal brand. Candidate Resources
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