How to write a great CV

These days you can write your CV in the first person (i.e. I have) or the third person (i.e. he/she has). However, you do not need to use 'I', 'he' or 'she' in a CV because its use is implied.

Do mention things you are good at, but do not go over the top for you could oversell yourself. Don't mention things that you are bad at or say negative things about yourself in your CV. Make sure that the CV you write conjures up the right image of you and your skills, capabilities and achievements. If you do not match the picture you have painted with your CV at the interview, then your application will not be taken further.

Be careful when you use abbreviations - they can be misunderstood. If you are not happy with your CV or you only seem to get rejection letters then we recommend looking into a professional CV writing service. Yes, you will have to pay for it. This service may be subject to a cost but it could save you time, lead to less rejections letters which will hopefully secure you more interviews.
Alternatively, ESS Employment can offer free advice from one of our experienced consultants

INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • PERSONAL DETAILS
  • PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • WORK EXPERIENCE
  • OTHER EXPERIENCE
  • REFERENCES
  • EDUCATION / QUALIFICATIONS
  • TRAINING COURSES
  • MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
  • INTERESTS / HOBBIES
  • SUMMARY

WHAT SHOULD YOU LEAVE OUT OF YOUR CV?

  1. Photos - the only people who need to include these are models, actors, actresses and possibly air cabin crew.
  2. Any sort of failure - exams, marriages, businesses, etc.
  3. Reasons for leaving each job.
  4. Salary information - this can only be used to reject your application.
  5. If an advertisement specifically requests this information you can always include the information in your cover letter.
  6. Fancy patterns/borders - these detract from your presentation.
  7. Title pages, binders and folders are usually unnecessary and can be off-putting (though if you are doing a special presentation, enclosing your CV in a binder may look more impressive).
  8. Do not include a list of publications if you are a scientist, unless they are asked for.
  9. You do not need to include any personal details on your CV such as: age, weight, height or health.
  10. Do not use poor quality photocopies of your CV - they make it look as though you are sending off your CV to lots of companies and that you may not be too bothered who you work for.