Never let your CV expand beyond two sides of A4, preferably one side, containing only the relevant information they need to see. There are many good ways of structuring a CV, and this will vary depending on how much experience you have and what stage of your career you’re at. The rules are to be clear, concise but comprehensive.
Font. Use an easy to read, professional-looking font such as Arial, Times New Roman or Cambria in font size 10-12.
Subheadings. Break up the information using subheadings and have clear divisions but don’t make your format too fussy by using lots of boxes or borders.
Bullet points. The information should be easy to skim read quickly so use bullet points instead of continuous sentences.
Spacing. Add line breaks and spaces in between your subheadings so it’s not too cramped.
Put your information and experiences in the following suggested order:
- Personal Details
- Work Experience / Employment
- Personal Development
What to include
Name: Have your name in the largest font at the top – not ‘CV’.
Personal Details: Include your address, contact number and email. Don’t include a photo!
Education: In reverse chronological order.
Work Experience / Employment: Start with your most recent job and work backwards. Prioritise those that are most relevant, and give brief bullet points to outline what you did – don’t get too specific here, but do give any impressive achievements, perhaps in the form of statistics.
Personal Development: Here you can talk about any voluntary work you do, awards you have won, or roles of responsibilities you hold such as being a prefect, mentor, anti-bullying ambassador or head girl or boy.
Other: Include IT skills, sports, languages and hobbies.
References: “Available on request”.