Here is our Top 10 List of the best advice for creating a successful CV.


A CV is your way to show employers that you deserve further consideration, making sure you make the most of your opportunity is vital. Preferences change according to country but the following points are universally applicable.

Make sure your CV works for you with our handy Top 10 CV Tips.

Top 10 CV Tips

1. Short and Sweet

Your CV should be no more than two pages. Employers do not have enough time to spend hours reading through all of your achievements to date – tell them enough to prove you’re worth considering and keep those extra details in reserve for the interview.

2. Tinker and Tailor

Make sure that you amend your CV for every job application you submit. Even similar roles will have slightly different specifications and employers will be able to spot a generic CV with ease. Tailor your CV to the exact skills required for the role, besides proving yourself to be a suitable candidate you will also show dedication and attention to detail.

3. Get personal

A personal statement is a great way of showing an employer how your skills relate to the job they are offering. Keep this brief and remind the employer of how you have the skills they are looking for. Try not to regurgitate your CV, you can leave your education and qualification details out of your personal statement.

4. Mind the gap

Don’t leave employment gaps on your CV. A period of unemployment will not deter employers as long as you can show that you were studying, volunteering or otherwise proactively engaged. If you completed any internships, work experience or simply took some time out be honest about it and it shouldn’t count against you.

5. Check for mistakes

Don’t give employers a reason to toss your CV onto the no-pile. Finding a mistake makes rejecting your CV an easy task – employers receive hundreds of CVs for each job so will be looking to try and find mistakes to help them filter suitable candidates. It can be particularly embarrassing if your CV contains mistakes alongside you listing ‘attention to detail’ as one of your skills. Use a spellchecker and always ask someone to read through what you have written.

6. Use keywords

Increasingly employers and recruiters are using search engines to pick out suitable candidates for further consideration. Using keywords associated with the requirements of the role will help to make sure that your CV appears in their search results – obviously keywords differ from job to job, using the job specification to amend your CV will ensure that you are giving yourself the best possible chance of being identified as a potential candidate.

7. Stats a good idea

Backing up your claims with solid figures and facts will make it easier for employers to see exactly how your achievements compare to what they are looking for. You don’t have to include numbers for every point you’re trying to make but quantifiable information is easy to view and stands out to employers. If your latest project has increased sales by 50% or you have driven an initiative that saved your current employer £3000 a year employers will really want to know about it!

8. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

If your CV looks too good to be true, employers may well think that it is. Not telling the truth on your CV is a dangerous business – if you don’t get caught out during the interview stage you almost certainly will when you begin a job which you’re unqualified to do. More often than not employers will discard CVs in which claims appear falsified and a quick background check with your references can soon prove you’re not quite the person your CV says you are.

9. Looking good

We’re always told not to judge a book by its cover, unfortunately though your CV will be. Unless your CV looks professional and is easy to read the chances are that it will end up being discarded. Using bullet points, short sentences and a simple font allows employers to judge your CV’s content rather than making a decision based on poor presentation.

10. Update your CV regularly

Even if you’re not looking for a job, keeping your CV up-to-date means you don’t later forget to add new skills, capabilities and achievements. Your CV is your means of showing a new, or your current, employer that you have a well-defined skillset and knowledge of your level of competency at your job – don’t miss an opportunity to take the next step in your career because your CV doesn’t reflect the real you!

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