Your CV is the first impression your potential new employer has of you, so it’s essential to get it right first time. This guide will help you to lay out your CV and make it as easy as possible for your prospective employer to refer to.  Many more specialist articles containing cv and interview advice specific to industries can be found on the randstad career hub.

General
• Use a single, easy to read typeface.
• Bold important items and headings, such as your name and the locations of your previous education and employment.
• Where possible, use concise bullet points: you will be able to elaborate on relevant items either in the covering letter or at the interview.
• Ensure you keep the layout of the document organised.

Layout
• Put your name at the top of the page
• Contact details below, including address, email and contact numbers.
• A 50-word personal summary highlighting those skills you have that make you the best person for the job.

Education history
• Start with your most recent qualification and work backwards.
• Include where you gained each of the qualifications.

Previous employment
• Begin with the most recent and work backwards.
• If there are any gaps in between finding jobs, please explain how you spent this time.

Professional development
• Only include development relevant to the role.
• Start with the most recent development undertaken and include a few words about how each item has helped you in the workplace.

Awards and certificates
• Anything relevant to your specialism.

Interests and hobbies
• Give an idea of how you spend your spare time.

References (optional)

The finishing touches

• Check all dates tally up.
• Ensure you have all the accompanying certification.
• Check your spelling and grammar.
• If you can, ask a friend to check it, as a mere spelling mistake could be the difference between securing an interview or not. Your local Randstad Care consultant would also be happy to assist you in anyway.