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CV Advice

It is vital that your CV creates an excellent first impression; its purpose is to get you an interview with a prospective employer.  It is an outline of your skills and experience and needs to be presented in such a way that you stand out from the crowd.  Most employers will scan read a CV so they need to find what they are looking for quickly!

How to Present your CV

  • Make sure it is clearly laid out in a logical order
  • Use a font that is easy to read
  • Use bullet points where appropriate
  • Don’t make it too long, 2 – 3 pages is sufficient.
  • Ensure that dates are correct and explain any gaps
  • Organise the document in reverse chronological order, highlighting your most recent experience.
  • Use clear headings throughout (Work History, Education and Interests) to make it easier to read.
  • Check, check and check again for spelling errors & typos – Remember it is a representation of you and could be the difference between securing an interview and rejection.

What to include in your CV

Personal Details

  • Name
  • Address
  • e-mail address
  • Contact telephone numbers

A short profile

  • Briefly summarise your skills & experience
  • Give an indication of the type of role you are looking to secure

Work History

  • Start with your current or most recent job
  • Include the employers name & nature of business
  • State your job title clearly
  • Ensure that the dates are correct and state the month as well as the year.
  • Describe each role in detail using bullet points
  • Highlight key achievements within each position
  • Professional qualifications
  • State all professional qualifications & dates gained
  • Include relevant training courses
  • List your IT knowledge including your level of understanding


  • Start with the most recent
  • State the name of the School, College or University you attended.
  • Include qualifications gained with grades & dates.
  • Interests & Activities
  • Be specific & brief

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Hartley Resourcing are unquestionably the best recruitment agency I have used and instrumental in placing me in my new job. Their expertise and attention to detail is second to none and I cannot recommend them highly enough.


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