What makes a good CV depends very much on you, the job you are applying for, and the people who will read it.
This checklist contains a few ideas to help.
- Do make sure it is up to date
- Do keep it short, maximum two or three pages
- Do make sure every word serves a purpose.
- Do include all the skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the vacancy
- Do list your work history in chronological order with the most recent position first
- Do put the emphasis on what you have achieved and the impact you have had on your employers business
- Do leave your academic qualifications to the end, unless you are straight out of education.
- Do explain any gaps in employment
- Do provide information about what you do away from work, but be brief
- Do proof read it and get a friend to read it
- Do spell check it
- Do include a summary of your experience and a one paragraph pen portrait of yourself at the start
- Don’t include opinions stick to evidence of your skills knowledge and experience
- Don’t try to hide anything, people will assume the worst.
- Don’t include details of your referees
- Don’t include a photograph unless you are asked to, it won’t add to your application
The Paper CV
- Do print it on quality white A4 paper in a standard font such as Times New Roman size 12 or 14.
- Do use an envelope big enough so that you don’t have to fold it.
The Electronic CV
- Do email it to yourself, check how it appears
- Do create a PDF version so that you can be sure how it will print out
- Don’t get carried away with colour and fonts, the recruiter may only have a black and white printer.