Impressive CVs Top 5 CV Tips To Help You Write Like A Professional

Writing a compelling, visual appealing, relevant and clear CV can be difficult. We have tried to cover all career levels, so these are very general tips. Everyone's situation is different and you need to keep the employer's exact requirements in mind.

It can be difficult to decide if your CV is impressive or just confusing. It is important to put yourself in the shoes of the employer. Try to ensure that they have the information they require when making a hiring decision.  


Here are the Impressive CVs Top 5 CV Tips to help you prepare a CV:

1.    Ensure that you provide the information that employers require.

We generally advise that you ensure that regardless of the length of the CV you should always remain relevant and that you keep the readers interest. This is one of the main reasons why the 2-page limit is important. Unless you have significant achievements, career history or postgraduate study, you should be able to stay within this 2-page limit. For more senior roles a longer CV is accepted, as long as the information contained is relevant to the role.

2.    You need to provide a targeted CV that shows your suitability for the role. 

We always advise targeting the CV to the role that you are applying for. If your CV is well written, then this should only take a few minutes. We advise looking through the role requirements and check that you CV contains the skills and experience they are looking for. If you do not have the exact skills or experience, highlight any transferable skills or experience that you do have. You can also address any training gaps within the document or Cover Letter.

3.    Check, check and check again your spelling and punctuation.

We always advise checking your CV for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Employers need to reduce the numbers of CVs that they look at, this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to shift through a large number of CVs for a role to just a handful that have managed to check their document. This is of particular importance when an employer uses ATS software. Employers are looking for accurate employees, this is important for most professions. Spellcheck is a great invention, but it is not infallible

4.    Ensure that you use relevant keywords and explain any key terms.

We always advise trying to include any relevant keywords or industry terms. It is important to explain any unusual terms and try to give both abbreviations and full titles. Lots of companies use ATS software and you need to ensure that you get through any processes that they have in place. However, the end reader will normally be a human being so you have to bear the ATS software in mind, but write for the actual decision maker.

5.    Take care that your formatting is clear, professional and easy to follow.

It can be tempting to add lots of graphics, pictures and icons to a CV, however, unless expertly executed it can look very junior. We have a crisp, clear format that both recruiters and ATS software find it easy to read and understand. We can add colour and we have experience in creating ‘creative CVs’ that are not in a traditional format. They key is to ensure that any extras that are added are appropriate to the role, sector and level.

This brings us to a summary of the Top 5 key objectives to keep in mind when writing a CV:

1.    Ensure that you provide the information that employers require, remain relevant and keep the readers interest. This is one of the main reasons why the 2-page limit is important

2.    Ensure that you provide a targeted CV that will allow an employer to easily see your suitability for the role

3.    Ensure that you check, check and check again your spelling and punctuation within a CV

4.    Ensure that you use relevant keywords and explain any key terms

5.    Ensure that the formatting is clear, professional and easy to follow

Written and researched by Rachel, Professional CV & Career Consultant with Impressive CVs ©. We provide all CV and related services and have 14 years’ experience in helping people like you move forward in your career. You can call us on 0800 772 0939 for a confidential discussion about how we can help you. Alternatively, if you would like a Free, professional review of your CV please call 0800 772 0939.