Preparing Your CV

What is a CV?

A CV is short for Curriculum Vitae. It’s a summary of all your achievements to date and helps to explain to an employer what you have done in the past and what you can bring to the company.

Why do I need a CV?

Your CV is often the first document a potential employer will look at. It’s therefore vital for it to showcase your skills, personality and interests, helping you to stand out from other candidates.

Your CV should include:

  • Personal details (home address, telephone number, email)
  • Employment history and work experience (company name, role, duties, time period)
  • Education and training (school or college you attended and qualifications received)
  • Interests and hobbies (sports, music, films, reading, media etc.)
  • Other useful information (skills such as languages, driving licence etc.)
  • References (one must be work or educational related)
  • A layout which is easy to read

Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO double check your CV for grammar and spelling
  • DO proofread your CV to ensure it sounds good enough to send to employers
  • DO ask someone you know to check your CV
  • DO use the same font throughout and a consistent layout
  • DO expand and elaborate on positive experiences and attributes that you can bring to a company
  • DO include all work experience, charity work, hobbies and interests
  • DO ensure your CV is well written and easy to understand
  • DON’T mention negative points about yourself
  • DON’T make your CV more than two pages long
  • DON’T use an elaborate font or one that will make your CV hard to read
  • NEVER lie. Employers will check the details you have given them. If you are caught out lying on your CV, your employer has the right to dismiss you instantly.

If you are having difficulty preparing your CV, Skills Made Easy can help – contact us today.

Example CV’s

Here is an example of a well written CV

Here is what a bad CV looks like - avoid at all costs!

If you are unsure how to start your CV. You can download a CV template here.