How to Write your CV
Your CV is the first step in finding a job. It’s also usually the point at which most people fail to sell themselves to potential employers. Below are igloo’s do’s and don’ts of writing a CV.
- Write succinct sentences that are easy to read and understand. Typically, recruiters spend only seconds on a CV, so yours needs to stand out
- Use standard typefaces such as Arial or Times New Roman, 11 or 12 points.
- Check and re-check spelling – and don’t rely on computer spell checkers.
- Ensure your personal details can be printed by all printers, so put them in the main part of the page, not the headers or footers.
- Make sure that dates and employment can be found easily and are consistent throughout the CV.
- Lead with achievements.
- Use active verbs and positive language.
- Include awards or recognition received for work well done, together with professional memberships and relevant training.
- Keep your CV honest, factual and to two pages.
- Ensure you send your CV with a covering letter, ideally to a named individual.
- Take ownership and use words such as Created, Devised, Coordinated, and Conceived.
- Focus on what you have to offer an employer rather than listing what you have done.
- Ask trusted colleagues and friends if this is an accurate representation of youself.
- Date your CV.
- Include irrelevant personal details such as date of birth.
- Mention salaries.
- Say why you left any job.
- Include negative or irrelevant information.
- Put education before achievements.
- List every employer if you have been working since the 1970s.
- Allocate the same space to all positions;, prioritise the content.
- Use superlatives, boast or brag about yourself.
- Modify your CV for every application unless you have a foolproof method of remembering where you sent which edition.