How to Write the Perfect CV In 6 Simple Steps

CVs are tricky to write. Not only do we feel uncomfortable about ‘blowing our own trumpet’, we’re also likely to find ourselves summarising our achievements, successes and choices at a time when we’re changing a big part of our lives – moving away for a new job, taking a risk on a career change or aiming for a higher salary all tend to demand a fresh, stand-out application! But, there’s no need to struggle. Here’s how to write the perfect CV in six simple steps.

1. Introduce yourself
Write your full name at the top of the document. Beneath this, add your contact information including your residential address, phone number and email address. Then, if you’re not sending a covering letter, add a short, punchy, personal profile: it should explain why you’re applying for the role, what you’re like as a person and what you’re looking for in a career.  

2. Demonstrate that you have desirable personal qualities
Next, tell the reader what makes you great to work with. Whether you’re applying for convergys call centre jobs, a position in an administrative department or hoping to fill a role at Costa Coffee, you need to demonstrate that you possess some must-have qualities. For instance, are you reliable, punctual and hard-working? If so, make sure your CV shows this: give a real-life example for each rather than offering clichés with little evidence.

3. Include details of your education and skills
Detail your educational achievements, beginning with your most recent qualifications. Your degree subject, university, A-levels and GCSEs are all valuable information. Extra skills such as languages, computing and clean driving licenses should also be added so that the reader can build piece together an accurate image of your accomplishments.

4. Tell the reader about your hobbies and interests
While it’s important to keep this section brief, it’s worth including if you have space. Your hobbies help to stand you apart from the crowd, especially if you enjoy doing something like mountaineering or volunteering… these both show that you have a desire to stretch yourself or put yourself forward when you aren’t obliged to. Interests that are relevant to the job (such as writing a personal blog if you’re applying for a writing position) are worth including, too.

5. Complete your CV with references
While most employers won't check your references until they’re ready to offer you a job, it’s good practice to show that there are people willing to vouch for you at a stage as early as submitting your CV. Two referees are usually sufficient, and if you’re short on space it’s fine to write that 'references are available on request'.

6. Do a thorough proof read and format it nicely!
Finally, and most importantly, quality check your CV for spelling mistakes, grammar and punctuation errors, and general readability. Potential employers are usually pushed for time, so make it legible, well structured and nicely formatted: bullet points are acceptable if it makes your dazzling credentials easier to digest!

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