A CV should be a maximum of 2 to 3 pages long with a covering letter that highlights your skills and experience. It is essential to tailor your CV for each role you apply for, read the job description, research the company and link both points to your skills & experience.
We have added templates for permanent and contract roles for you to download and enter your personal details to get you started. Please keep your CV straight to the point about your key experience and be honest.
The CV should be well laid out with plenty of white spaces to make it easier for the employer to read. Use professional fonts like Arial and avoid using italics, use bold text for headings. Spelling & punctuation must be perfect. After you have proof-read the CV, spell check and give it to a colleague or friend to check it over. This will help to avoid any mistakes you may have made.
Include your full name and make sure to use your current phone number and email address, include details of your nationality. Make sure the first area of your CV contains a personal summary as a potential employer will look at this at first glance. It should include specific experience in relation to the job you have applied for.
As mentioned previously your potential employer may not have much time to read your CV, so including a skills section capturing their attention by making clear what you can offer. Use a brief bulleted list of the skills & experience that you possess that are relevant to the job role you have applied for such as design experience or software packages you have worked on.
Education & professional qualifications
Outline your university degrees or other technical qualifications you may have. List your highest qualification & include memberships of professional bodies.
Talk about your projects including your duties on a day to day basis, the type of projects and estimated cost of the project. This helps the potential employer understand your knowledge in the industry. Sell your key skills and experience. Don’t leave gaps in your CV; if you took time out of work or a year out, or travelled for 6/12 months mention it.
Make a list of a few hobbies & interests, keep it brief. So that the employer can get an idea of the sort of person you are. For example; if the company is involved in sports/leisure events that you attend it’s a good idea to mention it here.
It is best to keep this section brief. Simply say ‘references are available on request’.
Check the structure of the CV is it well presented, has been proof read and spell checked. Remember, it is the first impression your potential employer will have of you, so take your time.
Once your CV is right then get ready for the interview questions