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CV Layout Tips

Writing a good CV is often a challenging process as the various skills and experience needed for each job role will be different.

CV Layout Tips

Having an up to date CV is really important when looking for a new job. Writing a good CV is often a challenging process as the various skills and experience needed for each job role will be different. In each case, you should most definitely adapt your CV for every job role you apply for in order to make sure that the most important skills stand out and the tone of voice is appropriate.

The layout and content are also just as important, as that is the first thing the employer will read about you, so make sure you stand out from the crowd. Employers are looking for skills and experience that make you suitable for the job role, so ensure that you show very clearly why you would be a good match for the job in your use of chosen skills.

A good CV will stand out because it clearly shows the employer why you are an appropriate candidate for the job, without having too much information on the page.

CV Opening Statement

This opening part of your CV is really important, as it is the first part of your CV that an employer will look at and read. There should be an opening statement placed directly underneath your contact details.

In this statement it should provide a snapshot of your appropriate skills and experience that match up to the job description of what you are applying for. Do not use cliché terms and overused phrases, as this will not make you stand out.

You really need to consider why you are appropriate to the job and what you can bring to it. Try and think of original terms that will make your CV look more considerate. Show that you have read the job description and understood the job role. Your CV needs to catch the employer’s attention by showing them you are a good fit for the job.

CV Education Section

Your education and qualifications should also be featured just before your work experience and past job roles. This allows you to show the relevant skills you have obtained from your education, and how that makes you an appropriate candidate and adds to your existing work.

You must ensure that each qualification is listed with the date it was awarded and from which institution.

CV Achievements Section

The middle section of your CV should include your past job roles, experience and achievements. When it comes down to condensing experience onto a piece of paper, it can be quite difficult. But it is really important to try and aim to keep your CV on one piece of paper. This will make it more concise, simple and easy to read. Remember the employer will be reading hundreds of CV’s so you want to make yours as much of an easy read as possible.

All of the information detailing your previous work experience should ideally be bullet pointed, rather than using big paragraphs. This will make it easier for the employer to read and pick out your key skills for the job. It also allows you to really focus on the important information that makes you appropriate. Having all of this in bullet points means that the vital bits of information about you are not lost amongst lots of text.

CV Hobbies and Interests

Finally, in the end section of your CV you should include your interests appropriate to the field of work you are looking to enter, and also your references.

Your interests are important as they help show off what type of person you are. Use this as an opportunity to show how your hobbies and interests, that are appropriate to the specific industry or job roles.

As this is the last part of the CV that the employer will read, it really needs to stand out and be memorable. So try and include things that will make your CV more interesting and unique than others.

References on CV

When it comes to references, these should be placed right at the end of the CV.

It is often normal practice to write “References available on request” as it gives you more space on the CV to include your skills and experience. Having just two references is normally sufficient. This can include a written reference from a college tutor.

Online CV Submission

Once you have finished your CV you should immediately go online and submit your CV. The Telegraph Jobs Upload CV submission tool for example enables you to import your CV, check details, add preferences and select privacy settings; these features are very useful and will open up your CV to many recruiters with your chosen privacy settings.

If you happen to want to change your CV layout then the upload CV tool can also help you do this. Edit or create a new CV from scratch, preview and import. It’s as simple as that.