CV Writing things you should do

CV layout

Time to update the CV


Keep it short and sweet. The most effective CVs aren’t just informative; they’re also concise. Try and get straight to the most pertinent points, and ideally take up no more than two sides of A4.


Choose a professional font. A professional font ensures that your CV can be easily read and simply scanned. Remember: Comic Sans is not your friend.


Present things in a logical order. Use sufficient spacing, clear section headings (e.g. work experience, education) and a reverse chronological order to keep things clear and easily legible. And always make sure you highlight your most recent achievements.


Play to your strengths. Format your CV to maximise the impact of your application. For example, if you feel a lack of experience is holding you back, lead with education instead. As long as you can relate it back to the role in question, how you order the sections is up to you.


Use bullet points. They’re a great way to draw attention to any key facts or relevant information, allowing a hiring manager to skim the document quickly and find your significant achievements without having to wade through the long grass.


Other things to do: Include contact details, keep email address professional (madforit33@email.com does not count), maintain consistent formatting, ask someone to check for common spelling and grammar mistakes.

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OrlaCahill Transformational Coach.

Career Coach, Confidence Coach, Life Coach, Helping women return to work, helping career changers, helping women in the workplace.