1. Divide your career history into sections, using the following headings:
- Personal details
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
- Professional qualifications
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.