- Make sure it is neat and well formatted – you can use special templates to get this right.
- Avoid jargon and show your qualifications in a clear and concise way.
- Use short paragraphs, headings and sub titles to make your CV easy to read. Long lists and lengthy monotonous sentences are hard to read and will mean the recruiter loses patience.
- Don't forget to include your technical knowledge as well as your personal interests. Things like good communication skills and commercial experience are just as valuable as specific qualifications.
- Give examples of projects or initiatives you have been involved in, explaining how they turned out and your role. Show yourself as focused and goal-oriented.
- Have your CV proofed and edited by someone with a good knowledge of grammar and spelling.
- Always use the third person when talking about yourself – unless it is a personal statement which is sometimes used at the top of a CV.
- Always tailor your CV to meet the job role specifications. You can have a core CV which will be changed depending on the role. Take your time to get this right.