CV Dos & Don'ts

Dos and Don'ts for writing a winning CV

Do:

  1. Type your CV and print it on plain white paper, using one consistent font throughout. Arial is best.
  2. Make sure you spell-check your CV thoroughly. If it’s littered with spelling and grammar mistakes, it can’t be a winning CV.
  3. Sell yourself without lying. Lying about your experience could cause embarrassment further along the line, and could even lose you a job opportunity.
  4. Use headings in bold or underlined text to highlight different sections of your CV and make it easy to read.
  5. Tailor your CV for every job you go for, to make sure you address the specific needs of each employer.
  6. Use bullets points to create short, sharp sentences that concisely define your skills and experience.
  7. Make sure you have accurate dates in your Work Experience and Training section.
  8. Ask someone with experience to proof-read your CV if possible.
    Remember to trust your instincts, though; everyone has their own opinion, and suggested changes aren’t always for the better.

Don't:

  1. Use coloured or fragranced paper with different font sizes and types.
  2. Include photographs or graphics in your CV (unless applying for a role which requires a portfolio).
  3. Create a CV that’s more than two pages long. The longer it is, the less likely an employer is to read it.
  4. Type huge blocks of text – they look dense and difficult to read.
  5. Include irrelevant details- for example your full address (include your postcode only) and your date of birth.
  6. Fold your CV. Use A4 envelopes where possible, to keep it in pristine condition.