Career Advice & Top Tips

Here you will find some useful tips, advice and information to assist with the creation of a CV. This is by no means a definitive list but some key points for consideration when creating and or updating your CV. Our team are always more than happy to review your CV and offer advice and recommendations. We understand all too well how challenging it can be to write about yourself and sometimes all you need is a second opinion and pointers to help.

Job descriptions

Rather than listing your basic daily duties, this is a perfect place to include your key achievements during your time with a company. Including some of the less common tasks you undertook in this role will help point out transferable skills to potential employers.  For example, completing payroll as part of an admin role may then be transferable to some form of financial role).

The preferred order for your CV is as follows

  1. Name and Contact details – Full name, address, telephone numbers and email address
  2. Goals / Aspirations (optional) – Your career goals or plans
  3. Personal profile – Telling the employer about yourself and why you are perfect.
  4. Employment history – Detailed list of previous employment including dates (You should list approximately 10 years starting with most your most recent role).
  5. Education – Details of your Education and/or Qualifications.
  6. Key skills (optional) – Key skills gained during previous roles EG Communication, management).
  7. Hobbies and interests – Details of your interest and hobbies. (EG Building cars, Building computers).
  8. References – Contact details for employment or character references.

Optional extra sections

Goal section- tell the employer what your long term career goals are, if you are a student or new to employment this is a good place to include what you are looking to gain from employment or if you have a long term career planned within a specific sector.

Key Skills – Here you should list any skills you have gained during your working life which may not be clear from your job descriptions.

Stand out

Avoid common phrases like ‘I work well as an individual or as part of a team”. You want your CV to stand out against the rest and your personal profile should be used to tell the employer why you are the perfect candidate for this role not a generic statement.

Adjust your CV for each role

You should take the time to review your CV for each job you apply for to make sure your relevant skills or experience are clear. It’s also a good place to include why you would like to work for the company and make your enthusiasm clear.