Student Life is delighted to have joined forces with Career Ready UK. The
organisation helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work, by providing access to real experience of the world of work. Here Career Ready’s Regional Manager for Cambridge and Ipswich, Sian Robertson, introduces the charity to readers.
There is no right or wrong way to present your CV. It is YOUR CV and it is a reflection of who you are. Being creative in your presentation is never a bad thing, unless you allow your creativity to take over your professionalism. CV’s are often sent online now via email or LinkedIn so it’s a good idea to make sure the format you send it in retains any creative elements you may have added. It’s also a good idea to take into consideration where you are sending your CV too, if you are applying to a graphic design company then I would suggest using the CV as an opportunity to show off your abilities. If you are applying to a law firm, I would suggest using a more formal presentation as this is likely to be the style of presentation expected from employees on a day to day basis.
However you decide to present your CV, the core components should always be present. Employers will expect to see; your personal information, e.g. name/address etc., your qualifications, your experiences and a short biography which may include what you like to do outside of work.
Top CV Tips
Be consistent – when you write your profile or bio, make sure it aligns with the experiences and skills that you have written about throughout the CV. It’s also important to make sure that you maintain the same style of writing and chosen layout.
Be concise – Long CV’s are not always the best. It’s important to list all of your qualifications and experiences but make sure you really focus on writing around those that are most relevant to the job you are applying for. Filling your CV with lots of irrelevant information will not please an employer. A good CV should be rewritten or adapted for each job that you apply for.
Be truthful – Lots of people wrongly chose to enhance the skills that they list on their CV. Make sure that you are honest when writing about yourself – employers will (and do!) check out what you write, and many will ask you questions at interview based on what you have written in your CV.
Be professional – use correct language and grammar at all times. Avoid colloquialisms and abbreviations. Assume that the person reading your CV is of a different generation. Your language must therefore be clear enough for anyone to understand. It is also a good idea to use a standard font and text size for the main information in your CV.
You can contact us as follows:
Career Ready UK National Office
25 Canada Square
London E14 5LB
Tel: 020 7986 5494