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Careers Advice

Writing the CV

How to write the winning CV

Step 1 – Layout

Your key objective here is to assist the recruiter in assimilating the pertinent information at a glance. The layout of the CV will play a big part in this. I have provided a suggested layout to the right that takes account of the following pointers.

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  • Alter the margins to make best use of space
  • Take no more than 4 lines for you name and contact details
  • Create a profile statement, a short paragraph is sufficient
  • ¾ of the first page should be dedicated to the most recent, relevant role or rolesUse white space carefully, big blocks do not make the document easy to read.
  • White space surrounding key information like the organisation and job title is where it counts
  • Cite the organisation name once and the job titles underneath will illustrate your progression
  • Job titles are a major influence, make sure yours are relevant to your audience
  • We read from left to right so keep the job title on the left with the date justified right
  • Use black bullet points of no more than 2.5 lines long
  • Do not leave a line between each bullet point it takes up too much valuable space
  • Consider using bold to highlight key aspects of your experience. But remember less is more
  • Less detail is required for older experience, concentrate on key achievements
  • Any experience over 10 years old need only be noted stating the job title, organisation and dates
  • Personal information and interests can be left out and discussed at interview
  • Qualifications can start from degree level if you have over 5 years experience, otherwise list the number of A levels and possibly the grades for younger candidates

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