HAVE THE PERFECT CV
How should you structure your CV?
‘How should I structure my CV?’ is one of the most common questions jobseekers ask, so we’ve laid out a simple structure to help you.
Your CVs should have all relevant professional information on it, but done in such a way that it can be tailored to each role you apply for, based on the job description. Prioritising your key skills based on the needs of the employer will enable them to identify you as a quality candidate without having to search through your CV for the relevant information.
Make sure to use your current phone number and email address that you view most often. Being uncontactable could lead to you missing out on an opportunity, or being thought poorly of if you respond in an untimely fashion. Professional email addresses are also recommended, as well as a professional sounding voicemail.
The first paragraph at the top of your CV should be a summary of your experience and includes specific applicable experience in relation to the job advert as opposed to generic statements.
Include a skills section to capture the employer’s attention by making it obvious what an asset you would be to their organisation. Use a brief selection of (6-10) bullet points of the skills and key strengths that you possess that are most relevant to the role, such as software packages you have worked with.
This section should include your work history and any relevant volunteer or work experience placements. Talk about business or project successes and showcase your skills and experience.
Your other considerations should be:
- Work backwards from your most recent job and don’t leave any gaps (if you travelled, say so)
- If you are a graduate without much experience, highlight the relevant skills that you gained in your course and any work placements
- List your highest qualifications by institution, course name and grade achieved
- Make sure to include any training courses or professional/industry standard qualifications
- Include any memberships to chartered institutes or relevant organisations.
Actual references are rarely included on CVs. It is usually fine to simply say ‘References are available on request’.
If you need any guidance on this (or any aspect of your job search), please feel free to contact us on 0203 872 6630
We allocate a weekly slot between 2-5pm every Wednesday to assist anyone that needs help or guidance, so please feel free to contact us on 0203 872 6630, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can help you with your CV or cover letter.