White space is your friend

It makes your content easier to read.

Bullet points and subheadings are your friend’s friends

Don’t write your CV like a story. Long paragraphs don’t make for easy reading.

Less is more

Don’t write war and peace. People won’t read it. Be clear and concise. Think longer than a tweet, shorter than your granny’s tales about her childhood.

Reverse chronological order is the way forward

(or to be precise, backward). List your most recent job first and work back from there.

Time is of the essence

Don’t forget to list the month and year that you started and finished each job.

Context is crucial

Unless your CV is full of employers like Google and Coca-Cola, always include 1-2 sentences about the organisations you’ve worked for. It helps the reader understand the context of your work ie what the product or service is and who the target audience is.

Make an impact, fast

Think twice before filling page one with your education and qualifications. If your recent work experience is the thing that will get you your next job, that’s what you should lead with.

Mind the caps

WHOLE SENTENCES IN CAPITAL LETTERS LOOK LIKE YOU’RE SHOUTING AT THE READER. Sentence case is best. And Please Don’t Overuse Capital Letters. Capital letters are for proper nouns ie names/places/titles/brands etc. This is just our opinion, but if you’re in communication or marketing, you’ll know what we mean.

Who are you?

If you had 30 seconds to ‘sell’ yourself, what would you say? Turn your answer to this question into a short, succinct profile for the top of your CV.

Responsibilities and achievements

This structure is a great way to describe what you were responsible for (bullet points similar to what you’d find on a job description) and what you achieved during your time in each role (a few sentences about key projects/campaigns you delivered, facts and figures that demonstrate success).

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