CV Writing Tips

Basic CV Writing Tips

Sarah Peddie

Here at Odyssey, we know that writing a CV can be a difficult process. So to make sure that you hand over a great CV, we have put together some top tips that will help you along the way and make you stand out from other candidates. 

Keep It Professional

The aim of a CV is to provide the employer with the very best information in the clearest way possible. Focus on presenting the facts and figures instead of choosing a fancy font or including any logos. Make sure it’s no longer than two pages. 

Don’t use an inappropriate email address. Make sure your email address is simple and professional.

Also, don’t include a photo of yourself as it is not necessary. 

Include a Short Profile

Add a short profile about yourself at the start of your CV. Explain to the employer who you are and why you are suitable for the job on offer. Keep it brief and to the point. A lot of candidates will go straight into their education and job history without explaining why they are suited to the job. 

Align CV to the Job

Always make sure that you have taken the time to align your CV with the job you are applying for. Take the time to make sure you have adapted the skills and experience section and relate them to the specific requirements of the job. 

Always Add References 

References are extremely vital to have at the end of your CV and if you have quality references will prove your credentials. You should always include at least three references and try to include senior colleagues in the list. Don't ever use friends in similar roles or with different specialities. 

Spell Check 

Spell checking your work is very important when it comes to handing in your CV. Employers will receive many CV’s and a spelling mistake will show a significant lack of attention to detail and this will make employers think that will be replicated in your work.  

Provide Contact Details

Even though you are likely to be sending your CV via email, you must always include your contact details on your CV or you could miss out on any potential opportunity.


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