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CV Writing Tips

When last did you refine & polish up your CV?

If you are in the job market Your CV is one of the first chances you have to make a great impression of yourself.

To start working on your CV you can use the tips and information below to create your own impressive CV:

  • Include personal information which is relevant as well as your up to date contact details.
  • Ensure your education & tertiary education details are complete & up to date.
  • Include any software or computer proficiencies
  • Ensure your work history is in reverse chronological order (starting with your most recent job).
  • Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job  - Put Relevant information and duties for the position applying for.
  • Don’t leave obvious gaps on your CV as it immediately makes employers suspicious – and they won't give you the benefit of the doubt. Ensure all gaps on your CV are accounted for.
  • You should keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don't later forget something that could be important. Just ending your CV on a specific year with no explanation to what you are currently doing will give the employer and agency a bad impression
  • Tell the truth - Everyone lies on their CV, right? NO! Stop! Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers and agencies checking your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for lying. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can't answer questions on what you claim to know.
  • Make sure there aren’t any spelling errors, grammatical errors or even an illogical layout of information on your CV.
  • Be concise – Avoid paragraphs and long explanations.
  • Be professional - Avoid slang, jargon and inappropriate abbreviations, this after all is a first impression.
  • The type of font and font size you utilise should be consistent throughout your Curriculum Vitae and one that is legible. We like ‘Calibri’ as a font, and a font size of between ‘10 -12’.
  • When in doubt rather avoid too many colours & graphics.
  • Make sure your references are up to date and contactable
  • Ask a friend or two to check your Curriculum Vitae for any grammar and spelling errors.
  • The last but maybe the most important tip is make your CV keyword friendly - If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the masses.


Good luck with you job hunt!