Tuesday 11 May 2021
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12 Tips For A Perfect CV or Resume


Your CV is often your first point of contact with a potential employer. It’s an opportunity to sell yourself and create a good impression. Employers will shift through many CVs before choosing candidates to interview. Use our 12 tips to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd and opens doors for you.


  1. Tailor your CV to every job opportunity. If you’re applying for a management position, you’ll want to highlight different achievements from those you mention in your “Programming” CV.

  2. Create a Profile at the start of your CV, which includes 3 or 4 sentences to demonstrate your enthusiasm and experience in this field.

  3. List important achievements, not every task you’ve ever completed. If you have a degree, including your SAT scores under “Education” takes up unnecessary space.

  4. Use driven vocabulary such as “achievements”, not “duties and responsibilities”.

  5. Keep within a timeframe that covers the past ten years for entry and middle level positions, and fifteen years for senior management positions.

  6. Limit jargon and acronyms unless you’re certain the employer knows what they mean.

  7. Use bullet points not paragraphs to list your achievements, and avoid starting fragments with “I” or “We”.

  8. Avoid parenthesis when listing dates as these clutter your CV; use commas instead.

  9. Consider font size and color. As Henry Ford said, “You can have any color as long as it’s black”. And don’t pick a quirky, unprofessional font.

  10. Keep it tight and try not to go over two A4 pages. Don’t, however, cram too much in. You want to have some white space to make your CV easier on the eye.

  11. Forget references as these take up valuable space and can be given later on request.

      12.        Update your CV regularly to include your latest achievements.