How to Layout Your CV

 

We have a lot of blog posts where we give advice on CV’s from our recruitment consultants who have seen it all. However, whether you are in the process of searching for your first role or your tenth role, it may be useful to have a step by step guide on how to create a CV from scratch. Here is our advice of how to put together a great CV. 

 

Contact Details

It goes without saying that contact details are the most crucial bit of information to include on your CV. These need to be current, up to date details so that recruiters or employers are able to contact you after receiving your application. It seems obvious, but it’s a common mistake seen frequently. 

 

Personal Summary 

A personal summary allows you to outline yourself and your career history, as well as your goals. This does not need to be long as you will be able to detail more about yourself and your previous roles in other sections, but this should sum up the key points. 

 

Skills 

It’s important to include a skills section on your CV to really highlight what skills you have and can bring to a role. You should include soft skills (character traits, interpersonal skills etc), hard skills (teachable and measurable abilities) as well as any other relevant key terminology that you may want to highlight regarding your specific career path – this can show you have great subject knowledge and may allow you to stand out against other applicants. 

 

Education and Certifications

Education and certifications should be included on your CV, however, depending how far along your career path you are, normally it is only essential to include the highest form of education you possess. Any additional  qualifications/ certifications that are relevant to your profession may also be included as this helps to show the extent of your knowledge and expertise. 

 

Work Experience 

Arguably one of the most important sections of your CV. It is important to list all your prior work experience, making sure that when you provide a summary of each role. Look at the job description and look for the experience and skills they are looking for, and make sure you have shown this in your descriptions of previous roles.

 

Anything else…

You may want to include hobbies or references at the end of your CV. It’s down to personal preference if you include hobbies, sometimes it can help create talking points during interviews however they are not essential to include. When it comes to references, simply put ‘references available on request’ rather than including the details. 

 

These are our basic CV tips, however we offer FREE Corriculo approaches, where we can offer specific CV, LinkedIn and further career advice. If you would like to book an appointment, do so here: https://appoint.ly/t/corriculo/approach