Top Tips on Writing a Resume or CV

Follow these tips for success

If you are looking for tips on writing a resume or cv, you have come to the right place. You may be looking to change career or just seeking a new job, but getting your resume just right is essential.

Your cv or resume is your one chance to make an impact on your future recruiter. If you get it wrong here, your application fails.

There are lots of tips cv and resume writing, but here I have picked out my top ten to help you really focus.



My top ten tips on writing a resume


So what are my top ten tips on writing a resume?

  1. If you want to write a good cv or resume, it takes time. Don’t rush. The effort you put in at this stage will give you good returns in the long run.

  2. Remember that it is not a one-off exercise. Your cv needs to be constantly reviewed and revised each time you use it. You are constantly growing and changing, so your resume needs to follow suit.

  3. Be clear what the recruiter is looking for. Your job is to show them that you have what they need. So research those needs and make sure that you have them at the front of your mind as you put your resume together.

  4. Know yourself. Be clear what you have to offer so that the reader can quickly understand what you can do. Review your skills and experience and then select the cv style that presents what you have in the best light.

  5. Use the headings that are right for you. You will probably want to use most of the usual ones, but allow yourself to create new ones if you want to highlight something in your experience doesn’t quite fit.

  6. Be specific about your achievements and accomplishments. Saying 'I am a good team player' is just too general. Use examples to show when you have worked well in a team and what you achieved through your team.

  7. Be concise. The kiss of death on many a resume is lengthy, wordy explanations of what you have done. You need to use simple, punchy language that focuses on actions and achievements.Grab the reader’s attention.

  8. Pay attention to how your resume looks. CV and resume writing is not just about content, it is about layout too. If your presentation is scrappy and unprofessional, the resume may be rejected without even being properly read. You are scoring plus or minus points the minute it comes out of the envelope.

  9. Remember the purpose of a cv is to get you an interview, getting the job comes second. Don’t make the mistake of leaving out critical information because you think will be able to talk about it at interview. You may not get this chance if your cv does not convince the recruiter to shortlist you.

  10. The last of my tips on writing a resume is that there is a simple formula that will keep you on the right track.

    It is the three P's - P – P – P.
  • Preparation – do your homework on yourself and on the recruiter.
  • Presentation – pay real attention to the way you design and present your resume.
  • Proofread – Your resume must not contain any grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or typos. Get someone else to check it if necessary.



So make the most of these tips on writing a resume. Keep them firmly in mind as you prepare, present and proofread your way to success.


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