THE MATCHED GUIDE TO WRITING A CV

Your CV is the key to successfully finding new employment. It will provide a first impression to a potential employer and will determine whether or not you obtain an interview.

Although there is no right or wrong way to build a CV, there are certain guidelines to follow, regardless of what profession you are in and what level of employment you are seeking.

CONTENT/STRUCTURE

Think of your CV as a personal brochure, it is used to sell you as a package, not just provide information on your work history. Therefore, try to use the following headingsā€¦

  • Personal Profile
  • Employment History
  • Education & Qualifications
  • IT Skills
  • Hobbies & Interests
  • Additional Information
  • References

It is common to structure the CV in the order shown above, however take into account your strongest selling point and put this first. For example, are you recently out of education and looking for a role where you can use your qualifications, or are you currently working in a similar position where you have all the experience needed?

LAYOUT/PRESENTATION

Once you have the content sorted, make sure the CV looks presentable. Adding text boxes and tables is fine, as long as they are formatted correctly and are not uneven across the page. Check and double check for spelling and grammatical errors!

The main thing is that the CV is “readable”; too many bulky paragraphs or an unusual font will put people off reading it all together! A good tip is to use bullet points where possible, this makes it easier on the eye and by using shorter sentences / paragraphs; it will make it easier to read.

DATES

It is best to date your work experience and explain any gaps in employment – employers tend to prefer this as it gives them a clear picture of your history.

If you would like any further advice on writing CV’s or to register with Matched, call us on 01252 713377 or email janice@matched4jobs.co.uk