Your CV is a marketing tool that gives you an opportunity to sell yourself and showcase your past accomplishments, so it’s important to get it right. It’s never a bad idea to make a good first impression. Here are some of our tops tips on how to create a standout CV.

  1. Your CV should begin with a list of personal contact information. This section should include your full name, address, email address, contact number, LinkedIn profile link etc.
  2. Include a Personal Profile that summarises your accomplishments and career objectives in 2/3 sentences.
  3. Follow your personal profile with your previous employment history (including dates of employment) and educational achievements, in that order.
  4. Highlight your accomplishments with each role as opposed to just listing past duties. This will display the impact you had and can help you stand out from other applicants. 
  5. For previous positions, start each bullet with action verbs; "Improved" or “Introduced” or “Created”.
  6. Finally, close and personalise your CV by including a hobbies or interests’ section.
  7. Make sure to account for gaps in employment e.g. 6 months traveling
  8. Keep your CV short and sweet, ideally it should be no more than 2 pages long.
  9. Tailor your CV to the role you apply for as opposed to submitting a generic document.
  10. Proofread your CV to ensure spelling and punctuation is perfect. Errors on a CV indicate bad attention to detail.
  11. Bullet point the duties on a CV to organise your information and keep it clear and easy to read.