CV Top Tips

  • Your CV should be 1 page, 2 tops

    Employers do not want to sift through pages and pages of your achievements. Make your CV concise and specific, it should show you in your best light and show employees that you would be a valuable member of their team.

  • Use a professional font

    CV’s in this day and age can take on so many different forms dependent on the job you are applying for. No matter what format you use, ensure your font is professional and easy to read. Something such as Arial, times New Roman, or Cambria is usually a good go to.

  • Don’t convert to a PDF (unless the application specifies)

    Trust me you are probably wasting your time. A lot of job applications will scan your CV through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which will convert it back to a word document anyway. If your CV is a PDF, it is likely that some valuable information will be lost during this process, so unless your applying for something that requires a pdf or a digital CV (marketing, design companies etc) don’t bother.

  • That being said, tailor your CV to the company you’re applying for

    If you are applying for a graphic designer role in a contemporary, modern company let your CV show that you fit that spec. Jobs like this give you scope to create a CV that looks like a twitter feed, a brand promo or even a tinder account! In contrast, if you’re applying for a finance-based role, maybe tone that CV down a bit and focus more on a well formatted, text-based CV.

  • Show don’t tell!

    When talking about previous job roles, avoid just listing your responsibilities. Yes it is important for your employees to know what you did, but rather than saying ‘I grew the club through various promotion techniques’ say ‘implemented a refer a friend scheme resulting in a 25% increase in club members’.

  • Don’t include a photo!

    The only exception for this if you are a member of the performing arts community and your CV requires a headshot. If this is you, please disregard this point entirely! Anyone else, do not include a photo. All you are doing is giving your employer a chance to discriminate against you. Don’t get me wrong, employers shouldn’t and likely won’t do this anyway, but the best thing you can do is not even give them a chance.

  • Go digital

    Dependent on the type of job you are applying for, include links to your blog, portfolio, website etc. This being said, if you are applying for a role in politics and have a politics blog, feel free to include links to this as long as you are happy for a future employer to read your content.

  • Show you have ambition and goals

    If you are coming straight out of school or applying for a part time job, you may not have a lot of employment history. This is absolutely fine, but it is important to showcase yourself in other ways. Talk about things you have done and your ambitions and goals for the future. Show them that you are ready and eager to learn.

  • Just like your covering letter, hype yourself up!

    Your CV is not a place to be shy or modest, use strong and confident words and shout about your relevant experience. The more you believe in yourself, the more an employer will too.

  • Again, just like your Cover Letter, ensure your CV is laid out in a sensible and easy to understand format

    No matter what style your CV is (professional, creative, digital) it should still be easy to use. No employer wants to search for information. If they can’t see it at a quick scan, they likely won’t carry on looking.

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