10 Steps to a Good CV

Your CV is a very important document.  The smallest mistake or omission can be the reason you are not selected for interview.  Follow these 10 simple steps to ensure your CV is in the best possible order. 

  1. Make sure your CV fits the job description. Anything the job description asks for should appear on the front page of your CV.

  2. Always include your contact details on the front page and make sure they are correct.

  3. Include words used in the job advertisement - e.g. if they talk about "Human Resources" do not use "Personnel"

  4. State your highest level of qualification, unless you are starting your career you really don't need to mention your school details etc.

  5. Sell your achievements. Use bullet points, don't list everything you have done in great detail. e.g. Member of a top-billing sales team"

  6. Write a personal profile of yourself in the form of an executive summary e.g. "A degree qualified accountant specialising in international trade"

  7. Include all your useful skills e.g. languages, driving licence and things you do outside of work

  8. Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for - the more relevant you make it, the more chance you have of being selected.

  9. Avoid leaving chronological gaps in your CV. If you were unemployed for a few months you can get around this by showing your job history in years e.g. 1999-2002 - Sales Manager. If, however, you took time out to do something specific you can include this as a positive.

  10. Make your CV positive in every way. Avoid saying you were made redundant and convey a sense of vitality and an image of you progressing comfortably and confidently through your career rather than hitting obstacles.