CV tips and guidelines




Following our last article on the importance of a CV, I thought it would be good to follow it up with further useful tips and do’s and don’ts of CV writing. Recruiters go through quite a number of CV’s on a daily basis, so make sure your CV stands out!

So as recruiters – what do we look for, what distinguishes a good CV from a poor one?

  • Professionally presented with a specific format that is maintained throughout.
  • Focus on achievements and measurable results: NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS!
  • Punchy, focused data/facts highlighting your strengths, skills and experience relevant to the needs of the specific position you are applying for – at a glance.
  • A clear definition of what you are looking for and proof that you are entitled to aim for it.
  • Less is more – information is prioritised and edited in accordance with the needs of the position and if at all possible, not more than 2 pages of A4 in length.
  • Listing employment history in reverse chronological order, from the most recent position with employment duration.
  • Detailed list of relevant duties/responsibilities/accountabilities.
  • Solid references with updated contact information.


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