The Perfect CV
1. Divide your career history into sections, using the following headings:
Include your full name, address, email and telephone numbers
Unless you are at graduate entry level, it is not necessary to list your A-levels. It’s more important to focus on further education, particularly diplomas, qualifications and degrees
You may like to mention how these qualifications were obtained
Current or last employment
This section is likely to be of most interest to prospective employers and needs the most attention. If you are applying for a particular job, be sure to address requests for salary information or specific skills
Previous employment history
This is less important and can be relayed in brief. Be careful to explain any gaps – for example, if you took time out to go travelling or raise a family
Training and development
Don’t provide a long list. It’s better to emphasise the training courses which are relevant either to the role you are applying for or which showcase specific skills
Personal interests and activities
This is optional but it may be worth including if you feel they reinforce key aspects of your personality, skills or experience – such as the role of school governor, voluntary worker or fund-raiser
2. Keep your CV factual. Avoid being too verbose or adopting a conversational tone.
3. Write in the third-person.
4. Don’t include your reasons for leaving your current role. This is best discussed at interview.