The freelancer’s guide to writing a winning CV

Looking to move back into a permanent full-time position but overwhelmed by the thought of writing your CV? How should you present your skills and experience, especially if you’ve done lots of smaller jobs for a number of clients, in a way that doesn’t make your CV look disconnected? Here’s how to get started and maximise your chances of getting called in for an interview…

How to write a great personal statement

When it comes to CV writing, nothing is perhaps quite so challenging as mastering the dreaded personal statement. For obvious reasons, the concept of “selling yourself” can be the curse of the shy. Less considered, however, is that a personal statement can also be the folly of the confident!

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There are lots of things to consider when you write your CV. You have to choose the right layout, which may be radically different depending on whether you’re currently employed, unemployed or a recent graduate.

CV Template – Graduate

On paper – literally – writing a CV should be easy: you know where you’ve worked, what you’ve achieved, what you’re qualified for, you know what makes <<you>> desirable to prospective employers. But are you covering everything you need to? What order should your sections go in? What sections do you even include?

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We consulted James Innes, Chairman of The CV Centre and author of The CV Book, for his advice.

CV Template – Employed

Writing a CV should be easy: you know where you’ve worked, what you’ve achieved, what you’re qualified for, you know what makes <<you>> desirable to prospective employers. But are you covering everything you need to? What order should your sections go in? What sections do you even include?

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We consulted James Innes, Chairman of The CV Centre and author of The CV book, for his advice.

CV Template – Unemployed

On paper – literally – writing a CV should be easy: you know where you’ve worked, what you’ve achieved, what you’re qualified for, you know what makes <<you>> desirable to prospective employers. But have you covered everything? What order should your sections go in? What sections do you even include? The questions are endless, especially if you’re unemployed.

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We consulted James Innes, Chairman of The CV Centre and author of The CV Book, for his advice.