How to write a standout CV (Curriculum Vitae)

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Your CV is not just about the jobs you have had, it is a valuable document to tell someone about your journey, who you are, and the type of person you will be when it comes to working in their establishment.

Your CV is a marketing tool and should be truly reflective of who you are and the job that you are going for.  There is no set way that a CV must be written but there are general styles and layouts which are typically used.

The information on your CV should tell the employer why they should pick you, the skills and experience that you have whether formal or informal and how they would benefit from having you in their organisation.  They are looking for someone who would be a good fit and work well with both the other employer and their customers.

Using this template will help you break down the experiences and skills that you can showcase to a potential employer.

Don’t forget, if you think your CV is boring then so will the person reading it, do not sell yourself short when it comes to promoting yourself.  Elaborate on bullet points and if you have achieved something important in your personal or business life add this to your CV, the reader wants to get to know the person behind the paper.

Try and keep your CV to two A4 pages if possible.

How To Write a standout CV template

Your name:

Your email address:

Your contact phone number:

Personal Statement:

This short paragraph is your chance to stand out from other candidates, it tells the person reading it who you are, what you can bring to the company, and why you are suitable for the role.

Work Experience

List your work experience in date order – the most recent first.  Include your job title, the name of the company you worked for, and the time you were in post for example 1st January 2019 – 1st January 2021, and bullet point your duties and responsibilities.  Elaborate on each bullet point rather than just using words like, ‘Shelf Stacker’.  You could say, I was responsible for stock rotation ensuring minimal wastage, and visual merchandising ensuring that every customer can locate products easily. 

Achievements

Tell the potential employer how the skills that you have gained in your previous roles have given you the skills needed to be a perfect fit for them.  You can list the skills, training, and achievements that are relevant for the position you are applying for.

Education

List the School/College/University you attended, including the dates and the type of qualifications you have achieved, subject and grade.  If you are still awaiting your results, you can list the subjects and predicted grades.

Hobbies and Interests

Have a think about any hobbies and interests that you have.  Do not add something just to sound more interesting, there is a chance that you may be asked about it in the interview.  Do not list socialising with friends as one of your hobbies just to fill up space, I have seen this many times on a CV and it does not create a great impression.  Think about your interests and any groups that you may be involved with that may be of value to the position you are applying for.

Referees

When it comes to your referees, add the name of a person they can contact to request a reference.  Include their position for example they may have been a previous manager and can confirm your position with them, how long they have known you and the skills you have.  Or it could be a teacher if you are coming straight from education, a referee is someone who can be contacted to give a character reference.  You should not use a family member as a referee it should be someone who knows you on a more professional level.

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Patricia Kenneally

I went from a quivering wreck (literally) to a confident interview loving queen, just by knowing how to prepare and use simple confidence techniques.
I learned how to think like an interviewer (because I am one) and I am passionate about passing the system on to you so that you can wow the interview panel with your knowledge and confidence on the day!

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