Creating a CV can be a daunting task so we have created a template with some guidance and pointers to help you on your way. Check out the hints & tips at the end for some extra pointers!

Contact details

Your email address and phone number(s) are essential in order for recruiters to contact you.

Personal profile

  • This will provide prospective employers an overview of who you are and what you’re all about and why they want to hire you.
  • You should tailor your profile to every job you apply for to ensure your application stands out.
  • In order to tailor this section, review the job description of the vacancy you are applying for and highlight the specific qualities that match you to the role. 
  • This section should be no longer than a few sentences, just enough to grab the attention of the recruiter.

Education & Qualifications

  • Following your employment history section, your education should be listed in reverse chronological order. 
  • Include the name of the institutions and the dates you were there, followed by the qualifications and grades you achieved.
  • Ensure you include any industry specific courses you have attended or any licences you currently hold i.e. CPCS or Forklift truck licenses

Employment history

  • List your experience in reverse chronological order as your recent role is the most relevant to the employer.
  • For each of your positions state your job title, the employer, the dates you worked. Following this you should bullet point your key responsibilities, skills and achievements, ensuring each point contains facts and figures to support each claim and showcase your impact.
  • Should you have an extensive work experience, ensure you keep your CV concise by noting down any old or unrelated work experience with just the employer name, job title and dates worked.

Hints & Tips

  • Please keep in mind that ideally CV’s should be no longer than 2 pages.
  • For each role in which you have worked in, aim to think of between three to five achievements that you can include as a bullet point to your CV.
  • Including achievements on your CV brings you to the top of a shortlist as employers can clearly see how you add value to their business.
  • To help identify your achievements try asking yourself the following questions:
    • What positive feedback have you received and why?
    • Have you received any awards, commendations or special mentions?
    • What did you do that saved money, time or resources for the organisation?
    • What did you do that directly or indirectly increased profits, customers or sales?
    • What challenges or problems did you face that you were able to overcome?
    • What ideas have you generated and what was the result?