Careers advice

CV Writing

Writing a good CV is the first crucial stage in your application for any role. Please download the template below to help as a starting point to create, update or refresh your CV.

It is easy to underestimate how important a carefully constructed CV is to your application. Your CV needs to be well laid out without spelling or grammatical errors.

Useful hints and tips to help you write the best CV:

  • Ensure all your contact details are clearly visible: mobile number, home number and email address.
  • Add a short profile about yourself and the kind of role you are looking for.
  • Avoid jargon and abbreviations.
  • List your working history in reverse chronological order – most recent or current position at the top.
  • Bullet-point your job roles making the content as generic as possible.
  • Always put month and year of employment. Always explain gaps between employments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • An ideal CV is two to three pages, make every word count, make it sharp and clear.
  • Add your hobbies, interests and any notable achievements. Employers like to learn about your personality. This information helps them to see beyond your skills and experience.
  • Use a clean legible type face, space your CV carefully, highlighting headings in bold or underline.

We always offer advice and guidance if we feel your CV does not adequately reflect your capabilities. We may also advise you to shift the emphasis to make it as bespoke as possible to the role you are applying for. It is always worth the extra effort.

Download our CV template:

Interview technique

We will always give you advice on how to present yourself at interview to maximise your chances of success.

Research has shown there are three essential traits employers look for in all candidates: 

  1. A good firm handshake
  2. Great eye contact throughout the interview
  3. Smile - it raises your confidence levels and creates a connection between you and the interviewer

In addition, planning and preparation are the key drivers to success:

-You should know as much as you can about the company making notes you think may be useful key points to bring up in the interview.  Always visit their website and Google the company name for supporting information
-Know the job role inside out and think how your previous skills and experience can be transferred to the position.  
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
-You will be asked why you want to leave your current role or why you left your last job so be prepared with a succinct answer with a positive spin. It is unacceptable to be negative about your former employer.
-Think of three good questions to ask about the role or the company, type them out and bring them with you to the interview. It demonstrates your commitment to the job and is evidence you have prepared carefully for the appointment. 
-Always dress in smart business attire
-Check the journey beforehand, allow for traffic delays and arrive at least ten minutes early.