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5 Questions your CV should answer

Wed 10 October 2018

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Your CV should create a good first impression with potential employers so make sure it shows you in the best light. When you write your CV, think about the kind of roles you are applying for and include information that is relevant to those types of role. Here are 5 questions your CV should answer:

1. What qualifications do you have?

Make sure you include information about your education and qualifications. Where did you go to school, college or university? What qualifications or certifications have you got and what grades did you achieve?

2. What is your work history?

Give details of your past and present employers. What was the company name, what was your role and what were your main responsibilities or achievements? Start with your most recent role and work your way backwards.

3. What skills do you offer?

Give a brief overview of your skills in your personal statement. Are you good at sales, customer service, written communication? Can you solve problems, lead a team, manage several tasks at once?

4. What type of person are you?

If you have hobbies, interests or activities that are relevant to the role then you can include these. For example, if you run marathons, this shows you are disciplined and motivated. If you bake, it could show you are creative.

5. What are your contact details?

Your name, contact number and email address should be at the top of your CV so that employers know how to get in touch. You don’t need to include your address, date of birth or national insurance number as the employer can get these later if you are the successful applicant.

Top tips for CV writing

  • Make it easy to scan
  • Don't use formats that are hard to read
  • Keep information as concise as possible
  • Don't lie or make stuff up
  • Keep it to a maximum of two pages of A4 paper
  • Don't leave gaps in your employment history
  • Include your most impressive achievements
  • Focus on the skills that are relevant to the roles you are applying for
  • Get somebody to check it for spelling and grammar mistakes

Remember, when you are writing your CV, the aim is to show the employer that you are right for the job. You are trying to convince them to give you an interview. Be professional and honest and include relevant information.

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