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Killer CVs

Remember... the whole point of a good CV is to make it easy for a potential employer to chose you for an interview.

What is your CV For?

Your CV should be designed to win you an interview with a potential employer. If you start with the assumption that any future employer will be looking at a score of CVs then you need to ensure that yours sticks out from the crowd. They will usually have one or two key criteria, e.g. specific industry knowledge, length of time in the industry etc., which they will use to decide who to interview.

So how do you create a killer CV?

  • Find out what are the employer's key criteria and tailor your CV to fit.
  • Don't just say what you 'do', say what you have 'achieved'. Show results.
  • Ensure the document is well presented, has accurate dates and has no spelling mistakes.
  • Don't waffle or write too much (3 pages at the most).
  • Be positive about your strengths.
  • Be truthful.


Remember...tailor your CV both to the job and to the employer to whom you are applying. This is a perfectly acceptable practice so long as you always tell the truth.

Every employer will have slightly different criteria for choosing their staff and you should ask your Agent for full details both of the required skills and cultural preferences of your target company. Then focus your CV towards those criteria.

Personal Profile

This is like a snapshot, a quick reference for the employer and should simply be a brief paragraph about yourself relating to the position for which you are applying.

Say who you are (e.g. a "Recruitment Consultant with 2 years Commercial Recruitment experience") what you are (e.g "achiever, leader, initiator", etc) and what position you are looking for (e.g "Branch Manager", etc).

Educational Qualifications

List only Secondary and further Educational qualifications.

Give dates, name of establishment and name of qualification gained.

Relevant Training Courses - these are any job related or management courses, etc, which you think will be of interest to this future employer.

Employment History

This is the section most employers will first turn to when they have a pile of CVs to assess.Get the basics right here. Start with the most recent employer and work backwards. Give dates (month and year), Company name and location, job title, job details. Check the dates are correct and there are no unexplained gaps. Check the spelling is perfect. Beware of waffling on! Make sure you focus on what you have achieved. Provide figures where possible. Remember...your future employer will be looking for what value you can add to the bottom line of their business, so show them what targets you achieved and what responsibilities you can take on.


This gives the future employer a glimpse of the type of person you are. Give very brief details and include any major achievements which you think would be of interest to them in an interview.


Either provide a couple of good referees (ideally past employers) or if you would prefer to leave these confidential until later on in the recruitment process then just print "supplied on request".

Piper Ley-Wilson