Write the CV employers want to read

 4 July 2018

A recruiter spends an average of just six seconds casting their eye over each CV which lands on their desk.  If you want to stand out then you need to make a real impact in those precious seconds. Inspiring Interns offer their advice on how to create a knock-out CV.

Download the Inspiring Interns infographic which includes a sample CV.

Do

  • Keep your CV short and sweet. Limit yourself to a single side of A4 and make sure you include only information relevant to the role you’re applying for. 
     
  • List your work experience, education and qualifications in reverse order and always include dates when you can. 
     
  • Explain gaps honestly rather than trying to gloss over holes in your employment history. 
     
  • Also make sure you list any additional skills you’ve learnt and include any supporting information, such as links to a portfolio or blog which showcase your talents. 
     
  • Finally, proofread your document for spelling errors and typos – you won’t do yourself any favours with sloppy spelling and poor punctuation!

Don’t

  • Don’t include irrelevant information – they don’t need to know the name of your primary school or what you like to do in your free time. 
     
  • Don't write long, rambling descriptions of every job you've ever done. Try to break things down into bite-sized chunks. Avoid paragraphs in favour of neat bullet points which convey the headline info you want them to see. 
     
  • Don't waffle. Try to keep your personal statement down to a concise two lines and don’t list generic skills which every candidate will claim to have. 
     
  • Don't try to be clever with the font and layout. Never include graphics, logos or illustrations (unless you’re a designer). Your CV needs to look simple, easy to read and polished if you want recruiters to take you seriously.

 

Inspiring Interns recruits graduates and interns across many different industries. 


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