• Open your CV with a brief Personal Profile, be succinct and positive, busy employers/recruiters will make a decision in seconds.
  • Use a high impact format, preferably with your name in capitals or on colour to ensure that you get noticed
  • Use clean and easily legible typefaces, such as Arial, Arial Narrow or Tahoma.
  • Start your employment details from your current position and work back.
  • Double-check all spelling yourself; do not simply rely on a spell checker (it may be American as opposed to English).
  • Keep your CV to a maximum of 3 pages where possible and try to be siccint whilst being achievement orientated.
  • Ensure every sentence sells you at your best, use positive words.
  • Quantify all claims with £ figures and or % improvement.
  • Ensure your CV is factual and above all honest in terms of job titles, employment duration and qualifications.
  • Include relevant professional training, awards and memberships, along with dates of when they were awarded.
  • Be clear on what you have to offer a potential employer.


  • Make false claims.
  • Complain or use negative words and phrases.
  • Date your CV.
  • Put personal details on the ‘covering page’ of the CV, such as date of birth, number of dependants etc, this is a valuable space and should be used to outline your profile and skills.
  • Go into great detail on employment which is over 10 years ago, instead, insert a heading such as ‘early work history’.
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