How to Write a CV: Top 7 Tips

CV’s are hard to write, everyone knows that. Whether this is your first CV or your third, here are Top 8 Tips on how you can write a great CV.

Step One: Personal Details

It goes without saying that personal details are the most important part of a CV. Without them you wouldn’t be able to get a job. To make sure you do, these details need to be clearly presented at the top of your CV. You need to include:

  • Name.
  • Email.
  • Phone number.
  • Home address.

Step Two: Personal Statement

Your personal statement is the first thing that stands out on your CV. It is essential you write one in order to stand out from the crowd. This statement needs to be a short paragraph, and it needs to include the following topics:

  • Who you are
  • What you are offering to the company
  • What you are looking for in a job
  • Why you are suitable for the job you are applying for

Step Three: Work Experience

Prior experience is vital for getting the new role that you want. As such, you should include your prior experience on your CV. This needs to be laid out clearly and briefly, with your most recent experience listed first, so that it is easy for anyone to read. This section should include

  • Your previous job title
  • The name of your organisation
  • How long you were employed
  • Your key responsibilities within the role

Step Four: Achievements

Here is your chance to talk about all of your previous successes. Whether it be at work, for charity, or during your education, this is your time to make your CV shine. Make sure the skills you list are relevant to the job you are applying to, backing them up with examples. Also, make it clear how these achievements will be applied to your new role.

Step Five: Education

In this section, you can write about qualifications and educational experience. You should list any grades you achieved, particularly English, Maths and Science. If you have been to university or college, then these qualifications should also be included.

Step Six: Hobbies and Interests

This section of your CV is not always required. However, if you have hobbies relevant to the role, they can help you back up your skills. Make sure you don’t include useless information – such as how much you love spending time with your friends – because it won’t help you.

Step Seven: References

Most companies will ask you for a reference. This means that they want to speak to someone who will back up everything you’ve told them. Make sure you include their name, number, and who they are in relation to you. E.G Your boss, your teacher, your coworker, etc.

Writing a CV can be a tricky process. One that never quite feels finished. However, if you make sure that your CV is tailored to the job you are applying for – and you follow our Top 7 Tips – you may find yourself more likely to get hired than before.

This article was written by Brogan, who is currently on a work experience placement here at Merit Recruitment. To find out more about our work experience opportunities, contact Emma at or call 01256 471 508. Remember to head to our jobs board for our latest vacancies.

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