CONSTRUCT YOUR CV WITH THE FOLLOWING HEADINGS
Personal summary Education (course, award, university, year)
Your CV should always be in chronological order with the most relevant information on the top. This might depend on your experience, educational achievements, and the role you are applying to.
Give context: Include details of the months and years you worked for each company as well as the city and country where the business was located. Explain any gaps in employment.
LENGTH The length of your CV depends on the amount of relevant experience you have. Graduate CVs should be 1-2 pages, experienced professionals should limit theirs to 3-4 pages where possible. Include 5-8 bullet points describing your responsibilities and achievements under each role, if this role is recent and relevant to the position you are applying to.
FORMAT Your CV should be visually appealing but most importantly, quick and easy to read. Embolden or underline key points and headings. Use bullet points to separate details. Be consistent throughout with punctuation, indents, and bullet points. Submit your CV as a PDF or Word document.
DESIGN Use a legible font such as Arial or Calibri. Less is more when it comes to your CV, keep it plain and use muted tones. Bright colours such as red and background designs will distract from the content. Consider displaying some creativity on your CV if you are applying for a Graphic Design or Marketing role.
PERSONAL INFORMATION There is no need to provide information on your gender, marital status, age, religion, nationality or salary. Do not include your referee’s contact details on your CV. If the role you are applying to requires a full, clean EU driving license, reference it on your CV. If you hold a working visa, consider giving details of your visa status.
CONTACT DETAILS Include your phone number where you can be contacted during work hours and ensure your voicemail has been set up Include your personal email, not your work email address. Include a full home address or the town and county you live in; mention “open to relocation” if applicable. If you have completed your LinkedIn profile, attach a link.
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