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A well written CV is key to securing you an interview. It is your opportunity to let an organisation know the skills you can bring to them.

CV Writing Tips

  • Lay out your CV neatly using concise bullet points.
  • Avoid lengthy paragraphs.
  • Always check for typos and grammatical errors.
  • Ensure your contact details are correct. 
  • Unless requested, do not include your photo.
  • Make sure that the skills on your CV match those listed in the job description.
  • Unless requested, your CV should be sent as a Word Attachment. 
  • A CV should never be more than 2-3 pages long. A good CV is clear and concise.
  • Review your CV on a regular basis and add any new skills or experience gained.
  • Do not leave gaps in your CV. If you have been travelling, studying, or have taken time off for personal reasons, explain this.
  • Highlight key achievements such as exceeding targets.

Cover letter

A good cover letter is key to making your CV stand out from the crowd.

  • Address the contact mentioned in the job advert and include any job reference numbers that may be appropriate.
  • Give an overview of your current employment situation and why you think it is time to move on.
  • Include detail on the company and why you want to work for them.
  • Tell them why they should be interested in you as an employee.
  • Tailor the information to the company and the job you are applying for.
  • Close politely by expressing interest in further dialogue.
  • Proof read your letter before sending to ensure it is well presented.

At VANRATH, our consultants are sector specific and have in-depth knowledge of, and experience in, their respective fields. If you would like to discuss your CV in more detail, please contact us for a confidential conversation.