Top tips for writing your CV

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To celebrate National Careers Week #NCW2021, read our top tips for writing a standout CV.

Make sure your CV stands out from the crowd

A good CV should demonstrate your unique blend of skills, qualifications, work experience, hobbies and ambitions.

Keep it simple

With recruiters often reading through hundreds of applications, make sure yours stands out by being succinct and engaging

Don’t be generic

Tailor your CV to match the job you are applying for by using the key skills detailed in the job description to clearly demonstrate that you are qualified and ready for that position.

Two pages is enough

The standard length of a CV is two pages. Make sure your CV is clear – it’s better to be concise than to ramble. If you are starting your career, an employer won’t expect you to have years of experience.

Make sure formatting is consistent

This will make it look professional and carefully thought through. Font size should be between 10 and 12 points. Too small or large font will make your CV look cluttered and unprofessional.

Keep it professional

Avoid providing irrelevant personal information.

Explain any employment gaps

Taking time away from work shouldn’t hold you back. Use your CV to explain any gaps and summarise what you accomplished during this time.

Be proud of what you have accomplished and don’t lie

If you are resorting to lying on your CV to match the job specifications, you are more than likely not ready for that position.

Know your CV

A recruiter will base their interview questions on the information you have provided in your CV so make sure you can talk about all of the examples you have included.

Head to our Career corner

Download a CV template and send it to us for some expert feedback. wfw@literacytrust.org.uk.

Find out more about National Careers Week.

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