CV Writing

A good CV is essential when looking for employment, particularly when there are numerous candidates for the same job, so what should it look like?

   
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There is no perfect template as every employer will be looking for something different. It is therefore important that you adapt your CV to suit the specific job you are applying for. You will need to adjust your CV in line with the skills required, the employer, the industry in which it sits and the specific role on offer. This process is often referred to in recruitment as targeting a CV.

At TigerRec we are happy to offer support and advice on writing your CV. You can speak to a member of the TigerRec team on 0203 166 6902 or 07803 789 061. Below are a few basic tips regarding CV content to help get you started:

Personal details

These typically include your name, address, phone number and email address. There is no need to include your Date of Birth as age discrimination laws will apply to most jobs in thw UK. Please be aware that CVs in the UK do not typically include a photograph. In some European countries such as France and Germany it is more common for CVs to include a passport photograph.

Personal Profile

This should be a short and concise synopsis of your personal qualities and the type of work you are looking for. This is the section where you need to sell yourself and your skills, ensuring that they are tailored towards the job you are applying for. Try and avoid using too many adjectives without providing any supporting written evidence to demonstrate them. For example Instead of writing “I am a competent, hardworking and experienced manager” try something like “I have 7 years’ experience of management within the public sector most recently at the Ministry of Justice. My main achievement was being awarded the civil service team project and programed management award in 2012.”

Employment History

This section should be in chronological order, so list your past employment in order of most recent or relevant first. You should include the full job title, the name of the organisation, a brief summary of responsibilities, as well as your start and finish dates.

The most important part of this section lies within listing your past duties/responsibilities. You should keep this list short and to the point. It is preferable to use a bullet point format for this task, as it will make your CV easier to read. Remember you are trying to demonstrate that your experience from previous jobs makes you ideal for this one, so ensure they are appropriately targeted. For example if you are applying for marketing job, make sure any marketing experience you have is emphasised.

Qualifications

Like the employment history section this should be written in chronological order, so list your qualifications in order of the most recent or relevant first.

List the title of your qualification, the institution where you studied, the grade you were awarded and the date you achieved it.You can include qualifications which you are currently studying for as long as you make it clear that you have not completed them yet. Please note that for adults with significant work experience, it is acceptable and even preferable to list the number of GCSES you have without breaking them down in to each subject i.e. "10 GCSES grade A-C"

Hobbies/Interests

Keep this section short and concise. For most adult with significant employment history work experience will take precedence on a CV and therefore you shouldn’t need to worry too much about this section. That said however, you can still use this space as an opportunity to further show off your skills. For example if you coach a football team on the weekend then this shows a recruiter that you have leadership qualities, so it would be worth mentioning that here.

It is very important that you avoid using any clichés in this section. Do not list mundane interest such as socialising with friends, reading or listening to music. Most people enjoy these pursuits and mentioning them add nothing to you CV.

References

Most employers will not follow up references at the application stage so unless the advert specifically requests referees it's fine to omit this section completely or write "References are available on request." If you do list referees you should include their full name, contact details and the capacity in which you know them. Most employers would expect at least one of your referees to be a colleague or manager from a previous job.