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CV writing guidance

You are unique and therefore so is your CV - it needs to reflect your skills, personality and experience. You need a CV that is tidy, clear and professional.

The guidance below covers the basics of CV writing but depending on your personal circumstances, not all tips may be applicable. We recommend using these as guidelines only.

The Essentials

  1. What to include on your CV (essential information for the employer):
  • Your full name
  • Your address (the employer needs to understand your proximity to the workplace)
  • Your contact number (a mobile number/home number if you have one. Please refrain from putting too many numbers down)
  • Your email address
  1. What NOT to include on your CV :
  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Your Date of Birth
  • Your Nationality
  • Passport information
  • Bank details
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Disability (this can be disclosed on our application process).

Tips to remember

Proof read your CV- keep checking!

Always run a spell-check on your CV and even ask someone else to have a read over it for you. It's really important to avoid spelling mistakes and it's even more important to have your contact details without any errors- it may prevent a manager from contacting you.

Highlight your key skills

This is important for every role but especially for any specialist roles you may be applying to. Whether it be I.T related, presentation skills or customer service based- you need to highlight your key skills to the manager. Try to list the most relevant skills and expand on them where you can. It could just be what the manager is looking for in a candidate.

Don't just add- amend!

One of the biggest mistakes made with CVs is adding information to an old CV and not updating the information from previous roles. This can show out of date information and can come across as confusing and unclear.

How long should my CV be?

This question is often asked and is really dependent on your personal circumstances. For example, if you have just left education, you may not have any work history to list and can therefore use work experience or extra curriculum activities. If you have been in work for 20+ years then you may have a lot more information on your CV. We therefore recommend that your most recent roles/education are definitely listed and that your key skills are highlighted.

Showcase your achievements

Your CV often stands out if you include times where you have exceeded in your previous roles. This could be exceeding KPI's, involvement in projects or maybe any awards you may have received. This makes your CV more unique to you.

Files available to download

  • CV template (15.9 KB)
    A template to help you to write your CV