How to Write a CV That Works

Writing an effective CV is the vital first step towards your dream job. Here we walk you through creating the perfect CV.

First Graduate Job – Get noticed with this CV Template

You’ve done your study, emerged with a degree and now you’re ready to go hurtling into the world of work. Easier said than done, right? Now it’s time for you to produce a CV that showcases your qualification(s), areas of interest and any work placements you might have done – all while having a clear idea about what it is that makes you desirable to prospective employers. No mean feat!

Whilst you write your CV, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. It should:

> Be no more than two pages.

> Include correct spelling and

Employed and looking for a job? Here’s the CV Template you need

So you’re in a job and you’ve reached the point where you’ve decided it’s not the role for you or you’re ready for a new challenge. So what now? It might have been some time since you last updated your CV, and your skills may have evolved a great deal since you last had to: so what do you need to ensure you’re including? Which bits are erroneous? Don’t worry – we’re here to help…

First thing’s first, though – remember the following vital CV rules:

> It’s generally best to ensure that your CV is no more than two

Unemployed and looking for a job? Get going with this CV Template

Finding a new job can be tricky when you’re currently in employment, but what if you’re not? Whether you’ve chosen to have some time away from work or you lost a previous role, the key elements that recruiters prospective employer are looking for fundamentally the same, so it’s time to present your skills and experience in the best possible way.

P.S. When you’re writing your CV, don’t forget these key tips:

Try and keep your CV to no more than two pages if you can. Check, double check and triple check your CV. Getting someone else to have a look

Had a career break and want to get back into work? Use this CV template

Regardless of the reason you took a career break, be it to have a baby, go travelling or look after a sick relative, getting yourself back into the job market can seem a daunting prospect.

Some worry that they will be out of touch with how their industry has progressed during their absence, while others, especially mothers, believe that their need to have a more flexible working arrangement will make them less attractive to potential employers.

Unless you spent your time away from the ‘rat race’ doing nothing (and we mean, nothing!), you will have gained and learned skills that

Wanting a career change? Get noticed with this CV template

So you’ve made the brave decision to change careers but are worried that your lack of experience in the new sector will be a disadvantage? Calm down!

According to the Guardian, organisations now reward and encourage “flexibility, not just in working hours… but also in role diversification”. Similarly, a more “project-based approach to work” has seen the demand for career changers increase.

Your key weapon is your CV, and the way you demonstrate that your previous job(s) and experiences could actually be an asset to the recruiter. In other words, “downplay a lack of direct experience, while highlighting the skills

Time to climb the career ladder? Download this CV template

You’ve spent years honing your skills within your sector and making it your forte, and now you are ready to progress up the career ladder.

Whether within the same organisation or in another company, there is no reason to fear being judged for your dedication to your employer or your field; indeed, according to the Guardian: “staying motivated and fresh in the same sector or with the same employer is a real achievement. Everybody admires endeavour and commitment; these are yours to claim.”

Your CV is going to be your tool in which you demonstrate all that you have learned

Looking for your first job without a degree? Get help with this CV template

It’s time to stop thinking that just because you didn’t go to university, or you have a lack of work experience, you are less able or “qualified” to enter the world of work.

The purpose of your CV is to highlight what you have done, rather than what you haven’t. Consequently, your previous academic qualifications, achievements and extra-curricular activities should be the main focus of your CV – what were they, what did you learn from them and how will they help you in the job you are applying for?

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