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CV Writing Tips

What does a good CV need?


Your CV is the first way to make a good impression upon an employer, so it is important to get it right.  You want your CV to stand out, for the right reasons! Here are a few tips to help.


  • Make sure the document is easy to follow, with no fussy fonts.  Employers want to be able to quickly depict that parts they are interested in. Consider using a template to help with the structure, an example for you to use can be found here CV Template
  • Have no more than two pages, the employer will not be interested in reading an essay about you.
  • Make sure you check and double check for errors, spelling mistakes, incorrect contact details and dates, make sure no dates conflict with each other.  Errors in a CV show the employer your lack of attention to detail.
  • Taylor your CV to the job you are applying for, highlight qualifications, experience and skills specific to the role.
  • Use headings to be sure you don’t miss anything, to include the following: Personal Information including, name, address, DOB and contact details, Educational and employment history (starting with your most recent), Qualifications and achievements (including anything transferable to the role for which you are applying), Core skills (for example any software packages you are confident using, second languages, in-house training), Hobbies and interests.
  • Include reference details, or simply advise available on request.
  • Make sure your CV is an honest presentation of your qualifications and experience.  If you put any false information on you CV or elaborate the truth you could get caught out at interview stage.  Furthermore, if you are offered the job, and are unable to carry out your role as expected, then you could be making another move much sooner than you intended!


If you would like any further help or guidance please do not hesitate to contact the RStaff team on 

01553 389889