Candidates are increasingly thinking of new ways of formulating
CV's in order to "stand out from the crowd." However pushing
creativity too far can be disastrous and they end up making a meal
out of what should be a well documented career path. This set of
guidelines will help you format your CV, increasing your chances of
securing that all important interview:
- Personal information - Name, address , notice period and salary
- Personal Profile - This should be a paragraph based on your
softer skills. It should always be targeted to the role you are
- Key achievements- There should be five or six maximum. These
again should highlight your achievements within your roles to date.
In order to ensure that you don't ramble and keep your achievement
succinct, use the STAR Format
a. Situation- this should be two lines outlining the project
b. Task- what was your role
c. Action- what three things did you do in order to achieve your
d. Result - ensure that you are tangible- give %, figures and
timelines in order to help the employer visualise your success
- Career history & skills- Your career should always be in
chronological order starting with your most recent role. DO NOT -
copy and paste your job specification in your current role - this
is very easily picked up (as most are generic) - use it as a guide.
Technical skills - Ensure that you highlight, systems, projects or
languages if these are relevant to any role that you have been
- Education- again in chronological order, starting with any
relevant professional qualifications - i.e. CIM. Highlight your
dissertation if relevant to the role- although this tends to be
more prevalent for graduates. You are not required to list every
grade for A levels and GCSEs - simply number of grades A-C
- Interests? Yes- they should be on there - this sets you out
from the crowd or when there is a shortlist scenario.
Try and avoid saying socialising with friends, playing football,
going to the cinema - tell them where you like going, what team you
support or what the last film you watched was.
Interesting interests - always stand out - i.e. - sword
swallowing, log fluming, rock climbing. However, do not lie.
This two dimensional document is to ensure you get over that
first hurdle so it is vital that you take the time to think through
how you can portray yourself in the best light. For any further
career and cv advice please don't hesitate to contact any of The
Candidate recruitment team on email@example.com or call