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Writing & Preparation: CV

Writing & Preparation: CV

There is no right or wrong way to write a CV. If you apply the principles below you will be able to write a CV for any purpose.

FIVE principles that make a great CV:

  • Relevance - find out what the job is about, its requirements and duties. Show how your knowledge, experience, and skills are relevant.
  • Order - put your most relevant information first and give it the most space. Based on what you know about the job decide what is most relevant - your degree, work experience, voluntary work…
  • Format - aim for a professional-looking CV. This means consistent layout, good balance of text and space, careful use of italics, bold and underlining,  and use of good quality paper.
  • Attention to detail - spelling and grammar must be perfect. Check it over carefully. If you are unsure, get a friend to help you.
  • Letter - always send a cover letter unless you are asked not to. It introduces you and should encourage the employer to read your CV.

FIVE principles that make a great CV:

  • Use a (common) font and font size that are easy to read
  • Don’t use more than 2 font types at a time
  • Don’t use too many lines and boxes
  • Use headings and subheadings to separate sections
  • Keep alignment consistent e.g. all align to left
  • Use bullet points or numbering system to present details in order
  • Use past tense to indicate the completion status of the activity / work experience



Writing & Preparation: CV