What makes a great CV?

We know that writing a CV can be overwhelming. Having a good CV can mean the difference between getting noticed or being overlooked in today's crowded job market. In a rapidly changing world, where competition for jobs is high, you need to tell employers why they should invest in you, value you and trust you. Where there is competition for places on courses, why should that college or university offer you a place?

Don’t be afraid to ‘blow your own trumpet’ – there is a way to promote yourself without seeming boastful and overly confident. Your CV should reflect your values, behaviours, skills, image, motivations and most importantly reputation. Whether you have just left school and need advice about writing your first CV or perfecting an old one, Inspira can help you!

Here are 5 Top Tips for writing your CV:

1. Make it relevant to your desired job

There are numerous ways to format your CV depending on what career path you are going for. Make sure yours follows the best one suited to the industry you are applying for. Tailoring your CV for specific job applications can also entice employers, showing a willingness to adapt and a good attitude.

2. Make it clear and to the point

It is easy to get side-tracked talking about every detail of an experience you have had; it is then hard to cut that down due to thinking “What if this comes up?” To avoid this, it is good to check the desired skills required for the job.

3. Read the job description carefully

Within the desired skillset and overall notes on the company, you should find keywords that you can reuse in your own writing. This will help the employer recognise that you have the right traits for the role, adding impact to your CV.

4. Use bullet points and headings

The employers could be searching quickly through a pile of different CVs. Using heading and bullet points to clearly lay out your CV will make it easier for recruiters to identify valuable information about your application.

5. Name the document or PDF clearly with your name

Throughout this process, it is helpful to imagine the employer reading every applicant’s CV. Having your name and the job title you are applying for clearly labelling the file name will make the process smoother at their end and therefore you are more likely to be contacted for an interview.


For more specific questions and concerns about writing your CV do contact our career advisers for free professional advice.

Our professional advisers will collaborate with you to determine your career ambitions and help you to identify and draw out the skills, strengths and experience your target employers will be looking for.

Let us help you Be Bold, Be Resilient and Be Relevant.

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