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Need help with your CV?

A CV should be a clear and concise, to the point, list of facts about you and your work history, your skills and your experience. A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right so that it sells you in the best way possible to a prospective employer.

Your CV should:
  • Be neat - typed to the best standard you can achieve with a clear, logical and bullet pointed lay-out
  • Be short & concise -  as a guide, up to 3 pages is an acceptable length for your CV. More than this could potentially bore your reader, however if you shorten your CV too much and provide only 1 page it could appear that you are lacking in relevant experience for the role!
  • Be positive - emphasise your achievements, strengths and successes and how you have contributed to your employers profits (provide figures/supporting facts where possible), and use positive words such as responsibility, managing, negotiating, achieved, and so on
  • Be relevant - you should emphasise the skills and experience that you have, and that are most relevant to the particular role or types of roles that you are seeking. This can best be achieved by writing a summary at the top of your CV, either in a short paragraph or bullet point format, highlighting your relevant key skills, experience and achievements
  • Be accurate - always double check your CV for grammar and spelling, and also ensure that it is factually accurate, i.e., employment dates, qualifications and so on

Format

The front page of your CV should ideally show:

  • Contact details - name, address, telephone numbers, email addresses (only provide methods of contact that we can use safely and confidentially)
  • Summary - this should highlight your key skills, experience and achievements and should be relevant to the particular roles or types of roles that you are seeking
  • Professional Qualifications - list all relevant professional qualifications along with professional body and association memberships - list most recent first
  • Education - list the Universities, Colleges and Schools attended along with the dates, and include all subjects and grades achieved - list most recent first
  • IT Skills - list all IT systems with which you are proficient, along with all in-house or industry specific systems which you have used

Following on.....

  • Work history - list your employers one by one, in reverse order (most recent first), and provide the following for each:
    • Dates employed (month and year)
    • Name and location of employer
    • Job Title
    • Role and responsibilities (bullet point lay-out is preferable)
    • Key achievements
  • Job gaps - if you have any gaps in employment you should list these, highlighting when they were and what you were doing during these periods
  • References - put 'available on request' and make sure you have at least 2 referees whose details you are able to provide if asked
  • Hobbies and Interests - only add if they are relevant to the roles you are seeking
 North Oak Recruitment have worked very hard to find me a position.  Angela has been friendly and professional, she listened to what I was looking for and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a new job. 
Sharon M.
 Angela is second to non in her knowledge of the financial services industry across the Midlands.  Having been made redundant I was feeling unsure about my future but Angela was very reassuring and quickly got to work for me.  Within 3 weeks, I had the perfect role and I can't recommend Angela highly enough - Thank You!
Kate M.