Creating a Winning CV




Creating a Winning CV is no easy task. As a recruiter we see dozens on a daily basis. Some good and some, well, not so good….

We’re always happy to offer advice and tips.

The basic rules apply. Your CV should not be too long but of course not too short either. You need to get your message across in a concise and informative manner.

Here are some questions that you can ask yourself that will help:

Were you promoted? If so for what reason? Did you do something memorable? Were you managing additional people as a result?

Were you responsible for implementing new ideas within your company? Was it your own idea? Was it a project that you were heavily involved in? What were the results of this new idea?

Did you increase sales in your organisation? How was this measured? What percentage? How did you achieve this?

Did you increase productivity? Again, how was this measured?

Did you manage or mentor staff? Did you create training manuals? How have the careers of those staff members progressed? Have they been promoted as a result of your training?

Did you take an active role working in other departments? Even if it didn’t form part of your direct responsibility this demonstrates an overall team and company focus.

Did you reduce costs for your employer? What did you do to create this situation and how was it measured?

Your CV is a platform to sell your skills and experience and it needs time to perfect. A winning CV could be the difference in getting you the interview or not.

Keep the information relevant and easy to read. A nice design is important but don’t overdo it. There’s no need to complicate matters with different fonts, italics, colours, keep it simple! Use bullet points.

Check it over and over for errors and typos. No excuses!

If you put the effort in then there shouldn’t be any real need to tailor your CV for each new job application. However, there is also no real reason not to do this. It’s perfectly fine to accentuate certain levels of expertise that may be of particular relevance to the role that you’re applying for. Think about the hiring manager that will be seeing your CV for the first time – what are they looking for? You need to convince them that you’re the right person for their job and this is the document that will prove that.

In our experience the best CV should have the following format:

  • Name and personal details
  • Brief paragraph detailing who you are, what you’ve done and what you want to do
  • Education details starting with most recent
  • Employment details starting with most recent positions

Always be honest!

Adding a link to some of your social media profiles such as LinkedIn may also prove beneficial.

Writing a CV is not rocket science but it’s an extremely important document so take time, care and don’t be afraid to ask for advice!

We’re always available to help so feel free to get in touch and we’ll offer any assistance that we can. Call our office on 01 2548105 or