Career advice

Our consultants’ top 10 essential CV tips

  1. Always be honest when writing your CV. Never downplay your experience and qualifications but do not exaggerate or bend the truth either. Most employers will be able to see right through this.
  2. Make sure to include the right contact information on your CV and always include your phone number, email and Skype ID.
  3. Include a summary on the top of the CV, this can be written specifically for the job you are applying for and give you a chance to tell the person reading it, who you are and what your are looking for.
  4. Make sure all of your jobs are present on the CV. If you have had breaks between positions make sure to account for them and leave no unanswered questions; you only get one chance at a first impression!
  5. A CV should be tailored to the company and position you are applying for. Carefully construct your CV to cover all experience but put specific emphasis on the skills related to the job in question.
  6. Make sure that your experience is listed chronologically with the most recent work experience at the top. If you are a recent graduate and applying for a job related to your education, the same rule applies and put the most relevant information at the top of the CV.
  7. Prove your success by including results, achievements and contributions, by explaining your duties and demonstrating your successes.
  8. Keep your CV tidy in a clear format with bullet points instead of long paragraphs of text and make it easy on the eye by sticking to one font type.
  9. Remember the person reading your CV, may have read 100 others that day before getting to yours. So do include descriptions/summaries of your education and duties, but try to keep then short, clear, concise and free of any industry specific jargon.
  10. Always be professional; use formal and business language in all communication.