How To Write A CV in 4 simple steps

4 easy steps to writing the perfect CV to land your desired job

How To Write A CV in 4 simple steps

A blank page can be daunting for many, but don't worry this guide will show you exactly how to write a CV for a job you want.

There are so many different types of CVs around for all sorts of jobs, but a CV doesn't need to have a fancy layout, it's the content written on the CV that is the most important. Here is a simple step-by-step process on how to make a good CV that includes all the information employers need. This guide will show you how to write a CV even if you have no experience.

Download the CV template for free here

1. Personal details

First and foremost you need to add your name, so we know what to call you! Additionally, add your contact details, your phone number and email address are the most helpful, and then your potential employer can contact you! Feel free to also add the town you are located in, you don't have to include your full address but it does help if employers know where you are based.

2. Include your qualifications, certificates, tickets and training  

This will help recruiters know exactly what you are qualified to do, if you don't include what you're qualified to do you might miss out on your dream job. Sometimes CVs are scanned electronically on a system known as Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to pick up keywords and qualifications. If the requirements for the role you are applying for are not listed on your CV it won't even be seen by a manager or HR to review. This is also the benefit of using a recruitment agency as we can often bypass this stage and get CVs straight to a hiring manager.

3. Work experience or volunteering work

In this section of your CV, it is important to include your job title, company name, employment dates, your duties and what skills you used on the job. It is standard to cover at least 5 years of employment on a CV, If you are applying for a job in education you will need to cover 10+ years.

4. References 

By law, we must contact your most recent employer, the second reference should be from your second most recent workplace if on the occasion you do not have a second employer, you can give a character or college contact details for a reference.

Here is a great example of CVs to help you get started!

Need some help writing your CV?

Click here to download this CV template for free to get started! 

Or if you are looking to work in the construction or education sector contact us, TR2 Recruitment on 01872 672 900 and we would be more than happy to assist.