CV templates and tips
Create a CV that will help you get a job. Your CV or resume is vital to your job search. It tells an employer what you’ve done and what you’re good at. The aim of your CV is to get you an interview.
There are lots of different ways to write a CV. Start with a basic format and adapt it to show your skills in the best light.
Writing your CV
- Keep your CV short (1 - to 4 pages).
- Put your best skills first, or those that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Use simple language and short sentences.
- Be positive and enthusiastic.
- You don’t need to attach certificates – just list your qualifications in your CV and make sure you’ve got the documents handy to take to an interview.
- Make it look good – no handwriting.
- Check your spelling and grammar (get someone else to check it too).
- Make sure you have an electronic copy handy so you can email it quickly to employers.
We’ve provided 2 types of CV templates in different formats that you can adapt. They contain information you need to include, and also some detail you may choose to tell the employer.
Issues with work history
An employer looks at your history to see if you’re suitable. If you don’t have specific experience in the job, highlight relevant skills and experience. If you have a gap in your work history, include a short sentence to say what you did and the skills you developed during that time.
You don’t have to say in your CV why a job ended. But if you’ve had lots of jobs, have been out of work for a while, or have gaps in your work history, be prepared to explain these things in an interview.
If you’re worried about how to deal with any issues, talk with us – we may be able to help.