Writing a CV can be a daunting task especially if you haven’t created one before or if you haven’t updated your CV in a very long time. To help, our Recruitment Team have five tips on what to include and the typical format a CV should follow.
Your CV should be no longer than two pages in length and should include;
- Contact details – make sure your details are up to date and offer more than one way to reach you. i.e. phone number and email.
- Personal statement – short paragraph that highlights why you would be suitable for the role.
- Education history - in order of date achieved
- Career history – work experience listed with the most recent first.
- References – contact details of two references that could be contacted if you are successful for the role
Tailor your CV
It is important to tailor your CV to the role you are applying for, while remaining truthful about previous roles and experience you have. Highlight any previous experience that is applicable to the role you are applying for and mention any personal qualities that would be beneficial in the role you are applying for within your personal statement.
Include all of your previous/relevant work experience, starting with the most recent first. In this section, you should include the organisation name, your job title, date of employment and time in post as well as your key responsibilities. It is very important that you include the dates you were employed and justify any gaps in employment.
Although a photo on a CV is not essential, if you do choose to include a photo of yourself, make sure the photo looks professional.
Remember, your CV is the first impression and employer get of you. With this in mind, type your CV in a clear and professional font that is easy to read and thoroughly check spellings and grammar.
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