How to present your CV and beat your competition

Remember, your CV is a reflection of yourself, so it’s important that it’s well laid out and looks professional. With competition across the job market at an all-time high you need to stand out, make sure you don’t blend into the background.

  • Keep it short enough to read quickly and ideally no more than two sides of A4
  • Choose a clear, professional font to ensure that your CV can be easily read
  • Be clearly laid out in a logical order, with sufficient spacing and clear section headings (work experience, education)
  • Avoid typing mistakes at all costs. A simple spell check is not enough: ask someone else to proof read your finished CV
  • Order your experience and education into reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements

Once you’re happy with how your CV looks, make sure you’re happy with the content. And highlight that you’re the right match for the job by outlining:

  • Specific skills you have to offer the employer
  • Experience you have in the specific field
  • Appropriate personal qualities for the role
  • An understanding of the job requirements