You are here: Home News & Advice Centre December 2016 How to write the perfect CV How to write the perfect CV05.12.2016Useful GuidesYour CV is intended to showcase your skills and expertise. It introduces you to prospective employers and gives them an insight into who you are and what you’ve achieved. It’s important to take the time to get it right. Here are a few guidelines which we hope you’ll find useful: Scroll to next section 1. Divide your career history into sections, using the following headings:Personal details: Include your full name, address, email and telephone numbers Education: 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-raiser2. 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.Share: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Job Searchjob search guideHow to write a CVAllen AssociatesShining a light on the latest news and trending topics for employers looking to recruit or candidates needing help and advice within the industry.Featured Articles 22.02.2022Salaries set to rise in 2022 – but it's not all about the money!