How to format your CV

When it comes to recruitment, consider your CV as an advert about you. Now think, would you be interested in a product that advertised itself in a sloppy way, with spelling errors and left you guessing about what it did? No, no you wouldn’t. Therefore, make sure your advert is presented in a way that gives the best impression about your brand.

The CV is integral to any recruitment process, follow this simple layout and you should be confident of gaining interest and interviews.

  • Name, contact details including email address and phone number
  • A brief profile about you, including your experience, key skills and aspirations. Keep it concise and relevant. No-one wants to know about the time you finished 7th in a school karate competition when you were five years old.
  • Employment history – company name, job title and dates of employment. Start with the most recent and work backwards. In bullet points, give an account of your key responsibilities and achievements. The number of bullet points should lessen the further back in your history you go.
  • Education background – university/college/school name and qualifications obtained. Again this would start with the most recent and work backwards, no need to specify the dates here.
  • Technical skills – include a list of IT systems you are familiar with, Outlook, Excel and any CRM databases.
  • References – there is absolutely no need to list referees in your CV at this point, this will come only after an offer of employment has been made.


Should you secure an interview then your CV will make up the beginning point of the conversation – so no embellishing the truth!