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The CV Minefield

CVs, resumes, biographies, whatever you call them they are ridiculous.

There’s no rules on writing a CV and EVERYONE has an opinion on what it should look like and as opinions are inevitably they are all different.


Throughout your career you’ll get feedback on this and it’s down to you accumulate all of this and decide what works best for you.


My two cents and opinion though are below, if your CV isn’t doing it’s one job which is to get you an interview then here are some things to consider:


  1. Don’t lie, so simple yet so often overlooked

  2. Layout - keep it clean

  • Name & Contact details

  • Bio / Profile - 3-5 bullet points, who you are, what you want in your career & biggest achievement

  • Education - most recent first, laid out as below:

    • Years Attended

    • Name of School / University / Additional Qualification Body

    • Course Name and Grade achieved

  • Jobs you've had, laid out as below:

    • Dates of role - month & year

    • Company

    • Job Title

    • Achievements - 2-5 bullet points on this per role

  • Interests - make them genuine and interesting - we all read books, come on dig a little deeper

3. Bullet points

  • As noted above, within your job roles, bullet points of 3-5 achievements which ideally are statistics and improvements will draw attention.

  • Every job has a purpose therefore what did you achieve within your job.

  • Companies want people in their organisations who add value, what is your value?

  • Really think about this and don’t be afraid to humble brag.

4. Don’t get too tied up on length of your CV, if you follow the above points it should be 2-4 pages


If you’re still worried about your CV email me us at support@interviewinitiative.com and we will aim come back to you with some simple adjustments free of charge. Please note response time on this will vary and could be up to 4 weeks but aim will be much sooner.


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