Your CV is a marketing tool designed to do one thing, secure you an interview.

It is an opportunity to sell your skills, experience and qualifications. It should highlight your strengths and achievements and should aim to immediately grab the interest of the reader.

A lot of readers may only glance at your CV which means you need to make it quickly stand out and make an impression quickly.

Below is an example of how you can layout a CV and details key points to be included.

Example Layout of a CV:

Name

Address

Other Contact information (E-mail, mobile etc.)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Always begin with a personal statement. Your personal statement is perhaps one of the most important parts of your CV and often overlooked, it is a great way to make yourself stand out to potential employers.

Aim to keep this section to a couple of short paragraphs, ensuring you highlight your professional attributes and goals.

EMPLOYMENT

Employers typically spend more time on this section than any other so it is important to get it right. Always begin with your most recent job and work backwards.

Job Title
Company Name - (you could insert a hyperlink here so the recruiter can obtain information quickly on the company)
Location
Dates of Employment

Give a brief introduction to what the company does and explain a bit about the responsibilities your role covered. This can be written out or in bullet point form.

Key Achievements:

  • Provide a list of the key achievements you have made in your job
  • Try to give examples and evidence of achievements such as percentage increases or financial figures etc
  • Provide enough information to entice potential employers to want to invite you for an interview

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

In general, for previous jobs you should follow the same structure but keep the details slightly shorter, only offering the relevant and essential information that will enhance your CV and help secure an interview.

Key Achievements:

  • Always try and use examples and phrases that differentiate you as a candidate
  • Always try and tailor your CV for each job application to match the requirements of the job you are applying for
  • If something isn't relevant then leave it out

EDUCATION

Professional Body
Location
Course Title, Grade

List the highest and any industry specific qualifications that you have gained first. The reader will see these first and can clearly see that you have the knowledge and skills to do the job.

University Name
Location
Course Title, Grade

Explain how your course helped you develop your knowledge in the areas that are relevant to the position you're applying for. If you have switched direction from the topic you studied, you may want to briefly explain the reasons behind this decision.

College Name
Location
Course Title, Result
Course Title, Result
Course Title, Result
Course Title, Result

School Name
Location
Grades/Results

List a small selection of any other courses you took that are relevant to your career path.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

This section is where you can demonstrate your personality and remember to only tell the truth! Include any outside interests that will enable a potential employer to understand what motivates you and what personal skills you have.

Look at the advert and include suggested traits that maybe required for positions. Demonstrate any examples in hobbies you might have.

REFERENCES

It is best advice to say "References are available on request". Employers will ask for contact details once they have expressed interest in pursuing your application further.