How to write a CV
A professional well-written CV will help you get a better job and a higher salary. It’s important that your CV is tailored to the kind of job you’re looking for and should be insightful without being too long. For example, a designer or a developer might want to include a portfolio to show examples of work. A project manager should include details on cost, team size, quality and deliverables, and a business analyst needs a concise, readable document.
When writing your CV, keep in mind that less is more – avoid clutter, tables and over-formatting. The example below is a good start and your consultant will be able to help you tweak.
Your CV should be no longer than 3 pages and should be punchy and relevant. Detail is required but don’t overdo it, as your prospective employer will only have time to scan the most relevant parts.
Don’t overcomplicate your CV with jargon.
Your CV should be easy on the eye and easy to read.
Spelling and grammar mistakes are careless. Double check your CV, or ask someone else to proof, before sending. Your Progressive Paths consultant will be more than happy to review it and provide feedback.
Address : Street, Town, Postcode.
Email : Name.Candidate@looking.com
Mobile : 07*** *** ***
This is your chance to be creative. A one-paragraph snapshot of you: what you do, where you come from, your personality and work ethic. It should reflect where you are and what you’re doing, for example; “A pragmatic and confident Java developer, with 6 years’ commercial development experience gained whilst working in various industries including healthcare, banking and pharmaceuticals. Experience of working at all levels, gathering requirements and delivering ground breaking solutions.”
This shouldn’t be an essay, just a list of your educational history, including dates, name, type of qualification, subject areas and grades.
|1991- 1995||Mytown University||BSc Computing||2.1|
|1989- 1991||Sometown 6th Form||A levels||Maths-A, English-B, Physics-C|
|1987-1989||Mytown comprehensive||O’levels||8 A-C grades|
(Reverse chronological order)
|2003 – present||Company name||Job title|
In this section, explain what you have been doing in your role and your key responsibilities. Use action words and pick out aspects of this role that relate best to one you’re applying for. Start with your most recent role in this organisation and make a new section below for your previous role.
Arrange your achievement with bullet points and, most importantly, give examples so that your achievements have context. This is a good place to get your technical skills across and showcase your biggest and best projects.
|1999 – 2003||Last company||Previous role|
As this role was further in the past, don’t use so much detail. The further back, the less detail you provide. Still use the bullet points to present your biggest and best projects though. Other technologies can be added in the context as well.
Repeat this process until you reach the beginning of your career history.
Date, Qualification, Company
Add relevant courses you’ve taken that show that you’re an expert in your field. Qualifications that are relevant to the role are most impressive.
Whilst brevity is preferred, keep in mind that these are discussion points for an interview so ensure you convey a sense of enthusiasm.
If you need to provide a skills matrix, listing your technical skills and the amount of experience you have goes here.