What do you need to include in making a good CV.

The common thing when working on your CV is wondering what to include and what to leave out, how to make it stand out against the others, so we are here to help!

When writing a good CV, it is important to consider a few things, the first being that you ensure that the format is user friendly for whomever you send it, or for and job sites you upload it onto.   Occasionally your CV can lose your name and contact details as they are in a format that the web application does not pick up, it is good to check these things before sending it in.  You must also make sure that your contact details are correct - it is good to ask someone else to read your CV as they will be able to notice if your contact details are wrong, dates are all correct and that the grammar and spelling are good and won't be picked up by anyone once applied.

You should always start with a good profile at the beginning of your CV as this is your chance to really highlight your skills, experiences, desires and achievements to make you stand out from the rest of the CV's on the recruiting manager’s desk. Picture it like a book, or a blurb, if the first few sentences don't stand out normally that's when you stop reading.  Get your readers attention and make them want to find out more about you! 

A good CV has the most recent job first working backwards through your career history.  Your Dates for employment should always include the months to and from as well as the years.  Within the description of your CV we would always suggest you don’t just rewrite your job description for this.  To make your CV a good CV you should take a couple of sentences to describe your company, add the website, and spend time writing about your achievements and the facts and figures of your role as this is what makes you stand out against the competition.  In your education and qualifications you have an opportunity to list you’re on the job training also.  

One suggestion would be not to make this too long as it won’t be read but ensure the important legislative and necessary qualifications and training are included.  Interests and or miscellaneous are important opportunities to show what else you commit yourself to and show any other transferable skills you may have.  If you are going to include references suggest you ensure you have asked permission from these referees first.  It is also good to let the referees know what you are applying for so they are aware of who will be contacting them and realise the urgency for replying to these references.