CV Tips & Tricks

How to write a winning CV!

Your CV is the first impression of yourself that a potential employer will see. A CV will show an employer all your experience and skills to prove that you’re a great match for their job, your CV needs to stand out from the crowd (for the right reasons!). We have created some tips and tricks to help you get noticed!

Font – When choosing a font, make sure this is clear and easy to read both on a screen and printed out! Some good examples include:

  • Arial, Century Gothic, Tahoma, Comic Sans, Raavi

Heading up your CV – Let employers know who you are and how to contact you! Be sure to include you name and contact details (including mobile number and email address) clearly at the top, ensure your name stands out by making the font bolder and larger for example:


Profile – This should include a few sentences / small paragraphs about yourself, your skills and experience to give potential employers an understanding of you, your capabilities and how you may fit into their team. This helps to grab their attention. Make sure that this is relevant to the job you are applying for and it is important that you update and adapt this for each position that you apply for in order for to demonstrate that you are suited to the role – This is still appropriate even if a cover letter is also submitted.

Your profile should be a short summary of what your personality is like, how you work best, how you learn, skills you have achieved and relevant work experience you have. Avoid going in detail on you “out of work” interests and hobbies as we will get to this part later!

Quick Tips!


  • Make sure your CV is clear and that the layout is simple and easy to read. Using lots of different fonts and colours make it very distracting - try limiting to two types of colour or font
  • As a rule, try keep your CV to no more than 2 or 3 pages


  • List your previous experience in chronological order, starting with most recent.


  • Inconsistent formats, typos, uncommon file formats are all quick ways to present yourself in a bad light. Check and double check and make sure you save in either .doc or .pdf formats!


  • Don’t include information for the sake of it! Every item on your CV should be relevant to the job you are applying for. Do not add to your CV to bulk it out as this will make it difficult for the employer to identify the points that are relevant to the role.


  • Most CV’s are too descriptive, your CV should be achievement and skills orientated. Read each bullet point and make sure it is factual and achievement based.

Experience – Following your short introduction to yourself the employer will be most interested in what experience you have had. It is important that your profile does not take up too much space and allows your all (or most) of your experience section to stay on the first page. Start with your most recent employer and work down.

If you don’t have any experience list some other responsibilities, you have had such as raising a family or studying. Be sure to highlight any voluntary work you have completed. Be honest but be sure not to detail negative experiences!

Remember you might have to explain any gaps you have had within your experience when at interview stage.

Key Skills – You must keep these relevant and short, it is very easy to expand on these points – be sure to bullet point these. Regardless of your experience you will be able to list skills you have achieved through your own experiences, such as education, team sports, voluntary work, parental experiences and any other personal projects you have started or been involved in. Some examples below:


Education – In this section you should list your full education history, including the establishment that you obtain the qualification from, the grade you achieved and the years you studied. Also include any training certificates you have achieved!

Remember if you have listed a qualification, training certificate or an award have copies to hand with you should you reach interview stage as they are likely to want to see copies.

Interests / Activities – This is your opportunity to show your “out of work” interests and hobbies to help demonstrate more about you as a person. Listing your interests and hobbies allows you to show that you are active, enjoy doing something creative, solo or within a team environment. This is a good place to show any charity or voluntary involvement you have or projects you previously have or are currently working on. However certain activities such as binge-watching TV series, attending concerts or listening to music will not interest your employers. 

To view and download one of our free CV templates click here. We have a selection of examples such as templates for school leavers, parent’s returning to work, career changes


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