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Creating A CV

At Gardner Llewelyn we are here to help, we are happy to assist you with compiling and writing your CV, and can create one for you if you do not already have one, but here are some tips which can help get you started.

Presentation

  • Go for space (the white space on the CV can be used very effectively)
  • Avoid italics and decorative fonts. Use a clear typeface, font size and use descriptive headings
  • Try to keep your CV to no more than two pages

Structure

  • Avoid long paragraphs. Use short sentences and bullet points to keep it simple and concise
  • Allocate space according to the importance of the information. Your degree should receive more coverage than your A levels. GCSEs should be summarised
  • Start with your recent careers experience (usually most relevant) and work backwards. Focus on the most important and relevant aspects and emphasise them. Make sure that particularly relevant information is not hidden in the middle of a paragraph or consigned to page two
  • Keep all relevant information together on one page eg. all education on page one / all work experience page two depending on their importance to the application
  • Use active verbs to describe your experience, ie. "this project involved coordinating the work of four people"; "this job involved liasing with customers" or "this position involved leading a small team of volunteers"
  • Leave your hobbies and interests until last – and keep this section short

Double check and proof read

  • Always check spelling and punctuation. Don't rely on your spell-checker - ask a friend to proof read your CV for you
  • Try to refer to what you achieved, not simply your responsibilities; this tells the reader about your competence
  • Remember - whatever you do this is your chance to talk about you. It is not called 'your personal sales document' for nothing!