How to write a good CV

Your CV is an advert about you. Keep it short. Make it memorable.

Getting your CV right is one of the first steps to finding employment

Keep it simple. Create a standard CV – but make changes to suit the the job you're applying for.

That means tweaking your intro paragraph (personal profile) and your key skills.

Let's look at the structure of a good CV. 

How to structure your CV

Use a free CV template by a job agency. Or use it as inspiration to make your own.

If making your own, don't forget to include:

  1. First and last name
  2. Email address
  3. Mobile number 
    Use a landline number if you don't have a mobile
  4. LinkedIn address
    Learn how to create a LinkedIn profile.
  5. Personal profile
    Write a two-line summary about your expertise and what you're looking for.
    "A qualified nursery nurse with 2 years experience working in preschools. Looking to return to a child-friendly environment after taking time out to raise a family."
  6. Key skills
    Write a bulleted list of the skills most relevant to the role.
  7. Work experience
    Give the most recent first. List company names, job titles, dates and a summary of the role and main responsibilities. Include any relevant unpaid work.
  8. Education and Training
    Start with your highest qualification first. List any courses or training relevant to the role.
  9. Hobbies and interests
    Optional. Use it to highlight a skill and help your CV stand out. E.g. "Used my leadership skills to captain my 5-a-side team for the past three seasons".
  10. References
    State that these are available on request.

Tips for writing a good CV

  • Keep your CV to 2 pages.
  • Ensure the formatting is consistent throughout.
  • Be proud of what you have accomplished – and be honest.
  • Explain employment gaps.
  • Keep it professional – don't use informal language. Grammarly can help.

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