• Your CV should list your current/last job first then work backwards to education
  • Where possible keep your CV to 2 pages (your potential employer may be reading hundreds of CV’s – don’t make it long winded or boring)
  • Keep the descriptions in the 3rd person and avoid phrases such as ‘I did this…’, ‘I achieved that…’ etc but do say ‘This was carried out…’, ‘That was achieved…’.
  • Where possible note your reason for leaving a job as your potential employers will want to know this
  • Always fill in gaps of time, never leave your potential employer wondering what you were doing in a certain stage in your career
  • Always fully detail your education, further education and training courses attended
  • When describing jobs you have done, try to mention your achievements against a target set or describe how you overcame any difficulties
  • If you hold a driving licence always mention it and note if you have your own transport
  • Describe your hobbies and social activities honestly as there are certain pastimes which show a certain aptitude to carry out functions required in some jobs
  • You are not obliged to give personal details regarding your age, marital status, it’s entirely up to you!!
  • If possible have your CV available for presentation in a variety of formats. (Hard copy and on disk ready for dispatch and for e-mailing)
  • Prior to forwarding your CV always check that you have the correct contact, address and/or e-mail details. Double check your CV for spelling and grammar (simple things like spelling errors can knock you out at an early stage)
  • It does no harm to follow up your CV via a quick telephone call to ensure safe receipt and where possible check timescales relating to the recruitment process