At Better Together we know how important it is for your CV to make a good first impression, so here are our top tips for setting it out:

Personal Details – Make sure your name and contact details are on your CV so that potential employers can get in touch.

Personal Statement – A few sentences about yourself, such as your past achievements and good qualities, can help set you apart. This part of the CV isn’t necessary, so keep it short.

Work Experience – The most important part of your CV is usually the work experience. Order the work experience with your most recent job positions at the top, and include the company you worked for, position held and start and end dates.

Education and Qualifications – If you have any qualifications that directly relate to the position you’re applying for make them clear. Remember to include the dates you achieved them. If the qualifications are irrelevant or from decades ago, summarise them and don’t let them take up too much room.

Hobbies and Interests – This section isn’t too important unless it relates well to the job you’re applying for, such as voluntary work in your chosen field. Put this section last, and it’s fine to leave it out if your CV is long already or if you can’t think of anything to put.

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