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How to Write a CV

Your CV is the first point of contact between you and your next potential employer. It should be easy to read using a simple font and format.

To make sure your CV stands out, follow our recommended structure and tips below:

Contact Information:

  • Name.
  • Professional title.
  • Full postal address.
  • Telephone number.
  • LinkedIn address.

Profile:

A profile should be no more than four lines and punchy, to the point. With a couple of lines as an introduction, you can then follow it on with three bullet points, breaking down capabilities. For example:

An ERP professional with experience in project management, business analysis, change management, and functional consulting. Past clients include retail, manufacturing, eCommerce, Saas, and media companies, among others. End to end implementation experience including requirements gathering, solution design, configuration, user training, user acceptance testing, and post go-live support.

  • Self-motivated to continuously expand personal & professional knowledge.
  • Excellent design and problem-solving abilities.
  • Certified in NetSuite ERP, SuiteFoundation and SuiteCommerce, Dell Boomi Integration and Flow Developer, APMG Scrum, Agile Foundation, and Change Management.

 Skills Matrix:

You will undoubtedly have a lot of information gathered on achievements, duties, and responsibilities in a career that will often span many years. To be able to streamline this experience and bring to the forefront the skills, knowledge, and expertise you have, it is always beneficial to include a Skills Matrix, which clearly details the areas in which you have experience. Such as:

  • Project management.
  • Change management.
  • Workstreams.
  • Service redesign.

Personal Attributes:

Include the more personal aspects of your character here (no more than three bullet points) such as:

  • Communication.
  • Leadership.
  • Workload management etc.

Employment History:

Always include:

  • Company name.
  • Dates to and from.
  • Job title (including if this is a contract role if relevant).

It is usually advisable to start your career experience with a short paragraph that demonstrates your overall duties and responsibilities.

  • You can then break down your achievements in bullet point form so they stand out.

Continue with your career history until complete. Only concentrate on the last 10 years in terms of showcasing achievements, skills, and expertise and list older roles just by company name, title, and employment dates.

Professional Development:

The chances are that your education was a long time ago and not as relevant to what you are doing now. It is therefore a good idea to include any courses or seminars that you have completed to show that you have a commitment to your ongoing career development.

Education & Qualifications:

You can include your Education, as well as any other gained whilst working, such as Prince2, CIPD, Level 5 Management, and Leadership, etc.

Hobbies & Interests:

You can include any hobbies you have here, but if the CV is looking like it will exceed three pages then you can miss this section off.

Please do not include References as they can be gathered at a later date.

Here are some formatting tips to bear in mind:

Word Document: Always submit your CV in Word rather than a PDF due to the format being easily opened, editable, and readable by the recruiter's Applicant Tracking Software.

Length: One size doesn’t fit all, we suggest trying to stick as close to 3 pages as possible whilst covering all the important points.

Headings: Each section must be introduced by a big, bold heading to ensure an easy read.

Font type: Most employers will receive your CV in a digital format, so choose a clear font like Calibri or Arial.

Font size: The body of your CV should be between 10 and 11 point font, and your headings between 12 and 14 points.

Proofreading & Consistency: Your formatting must be consistent throughout your CV to keep it looking polished. Don’t spoil your look by including typos and inaccuracies; proofread like a pro to capture every mistake or invest in intelligent spellcheckers like Grammarly.

Images & Pictures: Your CV should concentrate purely on your skills and qualities and therefore does not require you to upload pictures or images, keep your CV clean.