Recruiters take 15-20 seconds to scan your CV the first time. If you make a good impression, they'll read your CV more closely.
To make your CV look good:
Save your CV as both a Word document and a PDF. An employer may need either one of these file formats.
Label your CV files with your name, the application date, and the job you're applying for.
If you update your Word document, remember to also create a new PDF .
A CV must include:
A CV could also include:
Make sure that:
An objective gives brief details about the type of work and role you would like and the industry you want to work in.
A personal statement gives the employer an idea of who you are in three or four sentences.
You can include:
Both an objective and a personal statement are optional and sit under your contact details.
The skills you put in your CV should be the same skills listed in the job advertisement.
Include a technical skill section in your CV to list skills such as:
In a skills-focused CV, list the skills from the job advertisement with examples of how you've used those skills. This should be at the top of your CV.
In a work-focused CV, describe your skills in your work history.
Find out more about putting skills in your CV.
List your most recent jobs or work and volunteer experience first. Your work history needs to include:
Beneath this, list the tasks you performed. Also list any achievements.
If you change jobs in the same organisation, include both job titles/roles.
You don't need to list all your work history – keep your CV short.
If you choose a skills-focused CV:
If you choose a work-focused CV, describe your skills more:
Responsible for food and drink and customer service in bakery.
Use action verbs to describe your work history and skills. These are words like demonstrated, managed, lead, developed, organised.
If you have gaps where you haven't been in paid work:
List your qualifications or education in the qualifications section of your CV. You can include:
List the newest or most relevant qualification first. Include:
Include an achievements section in your CV if you have important achievements that aren't covered in the skills or work history sections.
You can include such things as:
For each example, note what the achievement was, and when and where you achieved it.
Including your interests on your CV is optional. If you do, make sure you:
Referees talk to employers about your skills, work history and personality.
You need at least two referees. One referee should be your current manager, team leader or work experience supervisor.
Other referees could be a:
Referee contact details should include their: