Tips for a good CV

|  06 May 2019

Ultimately, your CV is a marketing tool with a primary focus to secure you interviews. So, if you’re already getting frequent interviews, well done. As you probably already have a good one!

Remember, it’s a competitive market out there and it’s not uncommon to get hundreds of applications per job, so you really need to ensure that your CV stands out. Stick to two-three pages, make sure it’s easy to read and gives a great, positive first impression on you.

TalentHQ Recruitment tips for a good CV

Here are a few guidelines from TalentHQ covering key areas of your CV

  • Personal Information: Full name, Address, telephone number, email address etc
  • Profile: Write a short paragraph about your main achievements and type of work you’re looking for
  • Work History: Highlight in bold the companies you’ve worked for and dates. We recommend using Bullet points of your job duties and key achievements on every job
  • Educational & Professional Qualifications: Your Education history, professional qualifications, certifications, training courses attended as well as membership of professional bodies should be highlighted here.
  • Interests & Hobbies: Use this section to make you stand out a little and give an insight into you as a person. If you’ve done any volunteering, fundraising or charity work then highlight it here, along with any personal achievements or awards.
  • References: You can add your references contact details here or say available upon request.

Finally, make sure you have spelled checked and proofread your CV. Get a second opinion (we can always help you with that) and use the same fonts and sizes throughout. We advise that you have a master template CV, which you can tweak and tailor slightly to the various roles that you apply for.

Emma Brindle

TalentHQ Recruitment founder and chief talent spotter, Emma is truly dedicated at talent-spotting the best local ‘talent’ for her clients. A real ‘people person’ and still a hands-on recruiter. For Emma, it’s all about the buzz of matching ‘the right talent to the right job’ and she’ll never tire from that!