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VSS Top 10 Tips on CV Writing

VSS Top 10 Tips on CV Writing

Are you looking for your dream job? Applying but not getting any response? Keep reading to find out our top 10 tips when creating your CV!


  1. No More than 2 Pages
    Don’t overload your CV with pages and pages of unnecessary information. Employers receive lots of CV’s for job positions and don’t usually get past page one. The first page needs to grab the employer’s attention. This should be the page that has your personal details on, followed by a personal profile (no more than two or three professional paragraphs) highlighting your skills and experience, followed by any qualifications (in bullet points) and your current and/or previous job with some short snappy bullet points. The main key is here quality over quantity.Page two should contain your previous job(s) with no more than one paragraph for each job highlighting your skills and experience (again backing up your personal profile on page one), your hobbies and past times, and your references’ contact details. Usually, if they read page 2, you’ve been put on the good pile and have made it through stage one.
  1. Spelling Mistakes or Typo’s
    Once you have finished creating your CV, read through it carefully to make sure there are no spelling mistakes, it is punctual, and it reads correctly. The best way to do this is to read it out loud slowly. Don’t just rely on spell checkers because you may have spelt the word correctly, but put it in the wrong place. Although good literacy may not be important for the job role you are applying for, spelling mistakes will often put an employer off, if your spelling is not too good, ask somebody else to proof read it for you. Remember the difference between “Their”, “There” and “They’re” as these are common mistakes. If you are unsure, google it…..
  1. Contact details
    Make sure to state your name, contact details (main contact number and email) and location (town and city) at the top of your CV. If these details are incorrect, you might as well not send your CV to employers as without them, they will not be able to contact you.
  1. Stay Consistent
    Keep your CV format clean and clear, fonts should stay in the same family and headers should be bold and/or underlined. You want your CV to look smart, professional and structured.
  2. Professional CV File Name
    When sending your CV to an employer it is important to make good impressions from the start, even with file names. For example, a file name for your CV such as “joebloggscvnew2016-4” compared to “CV – Joe Bloggs” may suggest that you are not organised or that you do not have an eye for detail. This gives the illusion that you may have rushed to apply, or that you have more than one CV. As irrelevant as this may look, some employers won’t even open your CV and you could be overlooked.
  3. Never Lie
    When writing your CV do not lie about yourself, your qualifications and/or your abilities. Employers can see right through this at the interview stage. Your personal profile and hobbies should reflect you. Most employers will search shortlisted candidates on social media prior to offering an interview, so if you put your hobbies down as “reading books and knitting” and your Facebook page is littered with your party animal pictures, guess what?…… be honest, all employers were young and free once!
  4. CV Format
    Once you have completed your CV, make sure to save it in a format, which can be opened easily by any computer. Microsoft Word documents are the most widely used format, which is effortlessly accepted by computers. Furthermore, PDF documents are also widely used but are not always available on all computers, however, this format would be the next best thing after a word document.
  5. Don’t give too much information
    It is important to put as much relevant information as you can into your CV, such as your contact details, personal profile, skills and experience, qualifications and employment history, but putting too much information on each of these will cause the employer to lose interest after a few paragraphs. Employers receive lots of CV’s when they post jobs so keep it short, snappy and to the point. Google “buzzwords for CV” to get all the information in there without the need for long paragraphs.
  6. Don’t write in the third person
    Writing your CV in the third person makes it less personal to the employer. Keep it in the first person and describe yourself! Third person CV’s sounds like somebody wrote it for you…. If you can’t write your own CV, how can you do the job?
  1. Be Positive!
    Keep applying! The more jobs you apply for, the more likely you are to get a job. Keep a record of all of the applications you make and keep it to hand so that when you get the call, you know who is calling and which job it is. If you don’t get the call, don’t be afraid to follow it up by asking for constructive feedback. Most employers will give you honest feedback if it is asked for in a professional manner. It’s better that you know what the barrier was so that you can try and remove it for future applications….


Good luck in your search for employment, if you would like to speak with one of our careers advisors, please feel free to contact us on 0161 478 4040 or email