1. Start with name, address and contact details
Start with your name right at the top, don’t worry about writing ‘CV’ or ‘curriculum vitae’ at the top. It’s obvious what it is.
List your contact details in a prominent position at the top clearly, you’d be amazed how many people forget this.
Top Tip – Add a link to your LinkedIn profile, try and use a customised URL.
2. Introduce yourself
This is where you should summarise and highlight what you can offer to a prospective employer. Summarise any career highlights that will draw attention to what you have accomplished. It should be tailored for each role you apply for and aim to make you stand out from competition.
3. Summarise your skills
Use brief bullet points to list the skills and experience you have that are specific and relevant to the role. Hiring managers will scan this section of your CV very quickly to see what you can offer and your suitability for the role.
Tip – wherever possible, use the same adjectives as those used in the advertisement.
4. Highlight relevant experience
This section should include your work history in most recent historical order including paid work, relevant volunteer or work experience placements. It is important to tailor this section of your CV to the job, specifically where key responsibilities in previous roles are applicable for your application.
Tip – highlight how you overcame challenges both personally and as a team member.