Top tips for structuring a CV

Top tips for structuring a CV


The first touch point between you and your next potential employer is your CV. Using a simple font, minimal style and the use of bullet points to break down details, it should be concise and presented in an easy to read format. This is before you get to your background checks.

Follow our suggested structure and tips below to ensure your CV stands out:

Start with Name, Address and Contact Information
List the primary contact information so prospective employers can easily access you at any time. Make sure the specifics are clearly displayed at the top of your CV and are prominently featured. Remember you still need to get through the background checks

Tip – Inside your introductory info, provide a link to your current LinkedIn profile.

Present yourself

This is where you can summarize what you can bring to a prospective employer and illustrate it. Summarize any highlights of your career that can draw attention to what you have done. For each position you apply for, it should be customized and targeted at making you stand out from the competition.

Summarizing your strengths
To list the abilities and experience you have that are unique and important to the job, use brief bullet points. To see what you can give and your suitability for the job, hiring managers will review this section of your CV very quickly.

Tip – use the same adjectives as the ones used in the commercial whenever possible.

Highlight the required experience
In the current historical order, this section should include your work history, including paid work, suitable volunteer or job experience placements. This section of your CV needs to be adapted to the work, especially where key responsibilities in previous roles are relevant to your application.

Tip – highlight how, both individually and as a team member, you conquer obstacles.

Shout about your successes
Your CV is your chance to sell yourself and demonstrate why you are the perfect candidate for the role, so it is important to include where you have gone above and beyond or accomplished a significant accomplishment.

Where the achievements are observable, make sure that the figures are included, such as increased revenue by 10% above target.
List any schooling, training and courses
List just what, beginning with the most recent, is important or needed for the position you are applying for. It is necessary to demonstrate where the company can provide up-skilled skills or bring new information.

Mention any hobbies or interests (optional)
In any hobbies or interests outside of work, this is where you will emphasize your personality. Remember, having this on your CV is optional and it is better to avoid mentioning something that might cause conflict early on.

References on request are available
If you are not comfortable sharing your referees until further into the recruitment process, it is perfect to list references available on request. It is essential to ensure that, when needed, you have them readily available and contactable.

Final Top Five Recommendations
Use the right ‘keywords’ to ensure your CV is picked up in word searches
Explain any holes in your CV and make sure that you show the abilities you have created.
Don’t use acronyms or words specific to organisations
Two modes of communication, email and telephone, include
Spelling and grammar check – make sure you carefully check your CV for any mistakes in spelling and grammar. You may even consider making a friend or family member check it out for you.

In order to be ready for the interview, download the guide to help you update your cover letter or read our full work interview guide.

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