Posted on 24/08/2017 by David Leadbitter
A well-written CV can make the difference when it comes to obtaining interviews with top companies. Just as you want to know what an organisation can offer you, they also want to know what you can offer them.
What to put in your CV
- Name, mobile number and email address.
- Nation of origin (and visa status is applicable.)
- A good example is "8 years experience in Project Management and Business Analysis within Finance and Telecommunications, backed by a 1st class degree and MSc."
- Avoid clichés. Avoid ambiguous statements like “I’m a flexible, hardworking person." Nobody is going to put: “I’m difficult and don’t work very hard"!
- Reverse chronological order.
- Company names and all start and leaving dates (month/year.)
- Do not leave employment gaps.
- Highlight key responsibilities using active verbs: managed, delivered, developed.
- Avoid simple phrases such as "I worked in C++/UNIX". Expand these phrases to "Developed network management suite in C++ on Solaris and Linux platforms in parallel." The more relevant, concise information you can offer, the better.
- Bullet points can be used for clarity in structure.
- Include industry-specific 'buzzwords', but you should highlight how you applied these.
- Include your achievements, e.g. mentored/managed staff, cost and length of projects etc.
- Reverse Chronological Order.
- Include qualification achieved and degree classifications.
- A-level grades are optional.
Hobbies and Interests
- Highlight only those areas in which you have a particular interest or skill.
- If you investigate technology in your own time, include this. The majority of our clients are looking for developers who see coding as more than just a job!
- Optional on the document.
- Ideally provide two relevant work references that can substantiate your technical and work experience.