Tips for Writing a Good CV

by Robert White

So, you are looking for a new job and you’re very excited about your prospects for the future.  You have submitted your CV for your dream job and now you are eagerly awaiting a call to arrange an interview. BUT days have passed and nobody has called! Now you must be wondering whether you made any mistakes along the way. The first thing to check is your CV, to ensure it presents all your career experience and qualifications in the most professional way.

Your CV, an acronym for Curriculum Vitae, is an extremely important document, essential for  convincing a new employer that you are the right candidate for the job. It is, in fact, a record of your education, work experience, achievements and skills. A successful CV incorporates all the key points of your education and career background, and sells your abilities to potential employers.

This guide will provide all the essential tips and techniques for writing a good CV based the approved standard method used in the UK. If you are based in a foreign country and need to translate your CV in another language, you will benefit from the services of a leading translation agency in the UK, who will ensure that the translated version will comply with the approved structure.

What is a CV? Tips and Techniques


A CV is essential for job hunting. When a CV is presented correctly and demonstrates that your career history makes you a good fit for the job position, you may be called for an interview. When your CV is not so well-written, you will face a higher risk of rejection, regardless of your skills and experience. There are several tips and techniques that must be followed while writing a CV.

Never repeat the information in the CV that you have already mentioned in your cover letter. Use professional fonts, based on standard CV format acceptable in the UK, you must use professional fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial with a size from 10 to 12, and avoid fonts such as Comic Sans. Use clear language and avoid using jargon as the person reading a CV may not be an expert in the field.

Writing a good CV | Important sections

It is always most effective to write a CV in bullet points, using short sentences and paragraphs so it can be read quickly and easily, and the essential information stands out. If a CV is presented in an essay format with long sentences, it will not be so easy to read, and important facts may be overlooked, so this style is never recommended.

There are some important sections that must be included in your CV.

1) The first section should present your contact details such as name, contact number and address. It is not necessary to include your photo or date of birth unless you are applying for a job that specifically requires a photograph as part of the application.

2) The next section in your CV is the Profile, which is an objective or a summary of your attributes, demonstrating how your skills and experience make you a perfect fit for the relevant job position.

3) Next, you list your qualifications or work experience, in chronological order starting with the most recent role. Skip the work experience section if you do not have a previous work history but make sure you do include any experience that is relevant to the job in question.

4) Once you have written about your education and experience, you may write about your hobbies, achievements and skills.

5) It is not necessary to mention that references would be provided upon request nor do you need to provide the names of referees.

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