Is your CV stopping you?

Is your CV stopping you from getting the interview you want?

When it comes down to work, we all know what we can do, the type of employee we are and how passionate, focused and skilled we are. But are you getting this across on paper? Recent research suggests not. Candidates are compiling a CV that is either so broad that they hope it will fit all applications, or so detailed recruiters are passing it by. So we thought we would give you some hints and tips on how to write the perfect CV that matches the job you want.


Personal details

Obviously, you need to include your name here and where relevant, your professional title. Include your email address, phone number and the town and county you live in. If it is up to date, you can also add in your LinkedIn profile, but this is only advisable if it paints a thorough picture of your professional career, achievements and most importantly, matches your CV statements!

Is your CV a short novel?

How many pages does it span? Over two and it’s probably too long, under two and it really is too short. Obviously, the older you get, the more history you have, but this is where you really need to tailor your CV to suit the position you are going for. With all that experience, it would be a shame to let a list of jobs that aren’t relevant get in the way of your next dream job.

Do you have a personal statement?

A few sentences that sum you up as an employee? Your passion, enthusiasm, your commitment and willingness to go the extra mile? If a recruiter is going to read your CV from the top – this is the bit where you need to sell yourself.

List your employment achievements

No one else is going to blow your trumpet other than you. This is your opportunity to tell a prospective employer who much you have achieved and how well you have performed.

Outline the relevant duties and tasks

For each position you’ve held, keep your responsibilities and duties brief, but inclusive. For each job you apply for, there will be a job description that will outline the criteria for the role. Make sure that you tailor this section of your CV to match the criteria for each position you apply for. There is no room for generic CVs in a competitive job market, so take the time to make sure you are demonstrating how your previous experience matches the requirements for the position you want.


What you list and how you list it will depend largely on your age. If you have been in employment for many years, your ‘O’ Level or GCSE results are probably not that relevant anymore, but your professional qualifications and CPD will be, especially if it is relevant to the role you apply for. There is no need to go into too much detail here, just simply list the year of the qualification, the name of the qualification and the grade or result you obtained.

Hobbies and interests

These should only be included if they are relevant to the role you are applying for or tell the recruiter a little bit more information about who you are. No one is particularly interested in whether you enjoy reading, but maybe if you volunteer for a charity in a capacity that is relevant to the position, this can say a lot about your character and the type of person you are.


It is no longer accepted that candidates will list their references on their CV, as an employer will ask for these as a standard part of the onboarding process if you are successful. It would suffice to say that references are available on request.

Writing your CV shouldn’t be a hugely daunting task so long as you stick to the points above and remember that you absolutely need to tailor each CV to fit the description and criteria for the position you are applying for. This is your chance to prove you are the right person for the job, but your CV needs to tell the recruiter just that or you may get overlooked for the person who did tailor their CV to suit the job.


Posted by: Employment Partners