CV Writing Skills
Make yourself stand out from the crowd!
Tailoring your CV
Read the job description carefully and make a note of the skills and experience. Make sure you highlight in your CV
examples of where you have the skills and expired required. Give examples of how and when you used them in your
work. Highlight features and achievements which are directly relevant to the post that you’re applying for. Be positive!
No more than two pages. The point of your CV is to secure an interview, which is when you can go into more detail.
Long CV’s suggest you can not fit in the key information.
Your entire career history is not required, but it depends on the stage you have reached in your career. For example if
you are just starting out then every job and piece of experience will count. If you are further in your career, or looking to
make a career change, then not all your experience or jobs will be directly relevant to your chosen career. Tell the reader
the relevant milestones and leave the rest as talking points for your interview.
Your entire career history is not required, but it depends on the stage you have reached in your career. Include the
relevant milestones and focus on what you have achieved and skills learnt and utilised, not just what you’ve done.
Think of the benefits that you have delivered. Rather than just saying:
“I worked on spreadsheets”, say
“I built spreadsheets that helped the team to identify cost savings to the business”.
Also think about time or costs saved, efficiency gained etc.
Order of Information
The five most typical sections are:
• Personal Details
• Introduction or profile (approx 50-70 words)
If the content of your profile is impressive then the reader will be encouraged to read on.
o Try and include an outline of your skills, experience, achievements and immediate career goals.
• Key Skills
• Career History
o List jobs by date, starting with the most r