1. There are rules and regulations about producing a CV
False - There are conventions but it’s flexible
2. Once I have designed my CV, I can use the exact same one for every
opportunity I am chasing
False - This is unlikely to get you on a shortlist
3. An employer will typically spend around 30 seconds looking at a CV
True - They will look again if it creates an impact
4. It is a good idea to use one of the CV builder computer packages that are on
the market to construct a CV
False – there is a danger of becoming identikit, but there is some good
advice around (unless its ours!)
5. The sections on the CV, such as Education, Personal Details, and Work
Experience etc should be presented in a particular order
False – Flexible, depends on strongest selling point.
6. I need to sell skills, knowledge and experience on my CV without supporting
False – people want to see evidence
What should your CV do?
A CV is a marketing tool to sell your skills
Firstly, think about the job you are targeting.
Look at the skills profile/job desc/person spec.
Match your skills to the ones the company are looking for and give evidence
to back up each skill.
On average you have 30 seconds to either get in the “Yes I will continue
reading” pile or the “No!” pile.
Give info quickly, without difficulty and prioritise
Your CV ….
Needs to be professional looking
Free from spelling mistakes
Have clear headings and sections. The employer wants to access
Avoid having lots of white space
2 sides of A4 maximum
It should include….
Personal Details – Name, Address, Tel No, e-mail
Reference available on request
What should it not include!!
Date of Birth
Too much formatting
Opening to your CV
4 – 5 lines
Hook the reader
Avoid generic terms
Skills based CV’s
Excellent at highlighting transferrable skills
Ideal for both ends of career ladder.
Enables you to focus employer’s attention to most relevant evidence.
Highlights you as a rounded individual.
Easy to tailor to exact requirements.
Visit our website to see sample CV’s and get tips and advice on creating your
Always provide evidence
Employers want to see what you can do for them
Use examples from all activities
Work Experience – Paid & Unpaid
Clubs and Society
Use you PDP activities to support this
What are the top skills?
Promoting / Influencing
Look at your CV, does it…??
Have your personal details on
Professional e-mail address?
Include a personal profile?
Can you identify the skills?
Do you provide evidence?
Look through the CV’s
Discuss as a group
Would you hire any of these candidates?