A good CV can make a positive impression on an employer and highlight your professional strengths.
Bear in mind that recruiters receive hundreds of CVs daily and you have as little as 5 seconds to draw attention to your candidacy. Keep your CV concise. It should cover no more than two or three pages (when applying for senior executive positions).
Give specific figures to support your expertise and successful experience wherever possible. Include details on completed projects, attracted customers, and challenges you have overcome. Use action words such as increased, saved, and organized.
Structure your CV
Provide information under the following headings:
- Personal details. Name, surname, contact details.
- Desired job title. Clearly state your desired position.
- General information. It is recommended to add an introductory statement specifying key skills and work background which are the most relevant for a particular application.
- Work experience. List your previous work experience in reverse chronological order starting with the most recent jobs. If a company you worked for is not widely known, give a short summary of its activity. Speaking of main responsibilities make a list of 5 to 10 brief items depending on the significance of your position in the company. State your achievements, key projects fulfilled or managed by you during the employment. Try to avoid generalities when describing your responsibilities. Quantify your accomplishments wherever possible. CVs for creative or technical positions should be accompanied with additional information: portfolio, list of completed projects, etc.
- Education. Summarise information on higher education and list work-related training courses and certificates with start and end dates. If you have recently graduated from a university and are going to work within your degree field, indicate your education information above the work experience.
Give your CV a proper layout
- Pay attention to formatting. Avoid using graphic elements, tables, multiple typefaces and colours.
- Leave empty spaces between paragraphs. Use a bullet point format to make your CV easy to read.
- If you want to include a photograph, choose a formal portrait preferably made by a professional photographer.
Do not include deliberately misleading or inaccurate information in your CV - this can ruin your business reputation. If the work experience described in your CV differs from that stated in your employment record book, inform the employer in advance.
Your CV is not the right place for humour since it is highly subjective. Things that seem funny to some people, may sound rude or even insulting to others.
You may omit this section. Just make sure that you can provide references on request.
Keep your CV updated
Refresh your CV on a regular basis, even if you do not plan to change your job. This will save the trouble of recollecting your past projects and accomplishments.
Include a cover letter
Write a brief and informative cover letter to make you stand out to potential employers.
You may download and use our CV template.