CV Tips and Advice

The Dos

  • Start with a profile summarising your key experiences, achievements and aspirations.
  • Provide a summary of educational and qualification details, including grades and dates. Start with your most recent qualifications and work backwards. If you have a degree note this before your A levels.
  • For each employment position, use bullet points rather than paragraphs. Note specific dates of employment, location and industry sectors.
  • Clearly indicate the progress you have made including specific achievements and successes.
  • Use good quality white paper with a plain type face, avoiding italics, decorative fonts and graphics.
  • Attach a covering letter explaining specifically why you are suitable for the job. are suitable for the job.
  • Check and double check for spelling and grammatical errors. A fresh pair of eyes may help.
  • Where appropriate, tailor the CV to the position you are applying for.tion you are applying for.
  • Ensure all the information provided on the CV is factual and accurate. If you have had any breaks in employment it is helpful to note what you have been doing during that period, i.e. travelling/raising a family.
  • Leave your hobbies and interests until last, and keep this section brief.d keep this section brief.

The Don'ts

  • Do not waffle; you must keep the detail interesting and easy to read.
  • Do not use more than 3 pages.
  • Do not forget to include your contact details, i.e. home email address, home and mobile telephone numbers.
  • Do not leave any career gaps unexplained.
  • Do not use jargon or detail points which are irrelevant.

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Written by

Gill Buchanan

Gill is a founding Director of Pure and has worked in recruitment since 1988, including eight years of specialist recruitment experience within an international specialist recruitment company and five years working within financial services recruitment in Sydney, Australia. Gill’s approach is to provide clients and candidates with the highest quality of service. She has a consultative style which has led to her building long-term relationships with both clients and candidates.