Having a standout CV is one of the best ways of getting to the front of the queue for a new job but the smallest mistake can very quickly see it consigned to the bin. 

Regardless of how strong you think your CV is, recruiters and employers will likely take a dim view of ones littered with spelling mistakes and grammar errors.

Our video explains how you can avoid common errors and structure your achievements and experience in a way that makes it clearer to the eyes reading it. 

Remember, there could be dozens or even hundreds of applicants applying for the same job as you so fine tuning your CV is going to give you a better chance of beating them to the post. 

Key points to remember when writing a CV are:

  • always include your name, address, email and phone number as well as links to personal websites, online portfolios and your LinkedIn profile
  • a personal statement should be concise and tailored to the role
  • include transferable, adaptive and job-related skills and always use examples and evidence which support your claims
  • always list your work experience chronologically and support your statements with achievements  
  • your education and training section should only list relevant qualifications and, to save space, avoid listing each result individually
  • your references should be available on request and remember that LinkedIn can be a useful platform for your strongest endorsements

 For more advice and to download CV and cover letter templates, visit our resource hub.