CV Writing Tips

Thursday, May 17, 2018
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My first experience of writing a CV was during my final year at sixth form college when we had to write a CV (of sorts) if we were applying to university and since then it's been something I've always struggled with, mainly because I don't really like writing about myself! However, since then I've gained more experience and I have a few tips all about CV writing.

Striking Layout or Template 
I'm a very visual person so whether it's a blog post, essay, presentation or CV, it has to look the way I want it to which for me is usually balanced, clear, structured and visually pleasing. While the contents of your CV is the most information aspect, a striking but professional template or layout could definitely make you stand out from other candidates and show off your skills and or personality. I personally use Canva to construct my CV as well as my blog media kit as it's so easy to use and they have lots of free pre-made unique CV templates to choose from.

Clear Information 
While a striking and unique layout is something to consider, it's also very important to display the information very clearly as a potential employer isn't going to want to read through an essay of information especially if there are a plethora of candidates to choose from. I have some of my information in bullet pointed lists as well as in sub sections to make it quicker and easier to read and to separate the information so it isn't just one long paragraph.

Show Your Personality & Don't Be Generic
As well as showing off your skills and how well you'd suit the role you are applying for, another purpose of your CV is to show off...you! The grades you received at school, your previous job history and your marketable skills are all vital but make them want to employ you, not a generic individual with no personality.

Do you have any CV writing tips? Do you have any tips when it comes to job applications or interviews?

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24 comments

  1. I remember writing my first CV when I was 16 trying to get a part time job. I definitely ageee layout is key! X

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  2. I got my old therapist who's also a career's adviser to help me with my CV. I suggest the same template to anyone who asks and it's always served people well.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  3. This is such a lovely post and I’ve written couple CVs in the past when at college and school but I need to write a proper serious one so this post will deffo come in handy!

    Ayse x

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  4. Some amazing tips here! If I need to redo mine I’ll head back to this post.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  5. It's one thing I have never actually written before, I got my job when I was 16 through referral lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  6. I always make sure that my mum reads through mine before I send it off haha! Also, blogging can add so many more things to put on your CV - accounting, editing, photo editing, writing skills, writing professional emails, the lot! xx

    Brooke | www.brookeclarke.com

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  7. These are such amazing tips for people who are looking for a job or change of career!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  8. CV's are so important! These tips are really helpful!

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  9. A striking CV layout is definitely important especially as its so hard to secure work nowadays x

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  10. I put my design skills to good use when creating my CV last year and made a really cute one in Photoshop, it got me an interview just because it looked good (they told me!) so it's definitely worth making an effort as it pays off!

    Gemma Louise

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  11. I hate praising myself so I've always found CV writing really difficult!

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  12. I’m hopeless at keeping mine updated but it is definitely something I believe you should do x

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  13. Always make the biggest effort possible

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  14. Some great tips, I should really update mine more often but I never know what to write!

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  15. Great tips! I used to be the worst at writing out a cv but I got some help with mine x

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  16. As an ex-recruiter I really enjoyed this post! Good tips x

    Sincerely, Sarah xx
    www.sincerelysarah.net

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  17. So many good tips - I haven't changed mine in a while!

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  18. What absolutely amazing tips!!

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  19. Some good tips! I think what is very important is tailoring your CV to the job you are applying for. It makes a big difference!

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  20. So many great tips - thank you :) x

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  21. I've never thought to layout my cv like a media kit. I might try it when mine needs updating

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  22. I really need to update mine! Xx

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  23. I'm currently writing one now, so I will use these tips and try to be creative with mine and make it more personal to me - rather than looking bland and boring xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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