Your CV may cover most of the key areas that are required when considering an application; however, it needs to appeal to the format/style that most recruiters expect to see. If applying for a specific role then it is essential to think about your content in relation to the role you are applying for and highlight strengths and achievements. In reality you have up to 30 seconds to impress a recruiter at first consideration of your application and they like to see who you are, your main strengths, your objective but most importantly what you have achieved in your career (top 2-3 highlights) that outline the value that you can bring to the role and organisation.

Your CV should be laid out so that it is easy to read and flows well across and down the page. Formatting, spacing and font should be consistent throughout, avoid writing as ‘I’ anywhere in your CV and it should also be 2 pages long maximum. Specifically your CV does not grab the reader’s attention quickly to who you are and what you are capable of on first glance. To change this, you need to strengthen your profile and include a Key Skills and Achievements section on the first page to highlight your transferable and existing skills.

I would recommend the following structure and content:


Name, address and contact details are all you need to head your CV.

Including a 2 to 3 single sentence outline helps to target the role(s) you are applying for – include a separated section at the beginning of your profile that outlines in one sentence who you are and what you do with your current objective. The remaining profile should be based on your strengths.

Ensure that your profile is a powerful introduction and really focus on the strengths you will take to the role you are targeting – remember 30 seconds is all you will generally have initially and this is a key section in the evaluation process.

Career Summary:
This area of your CV is where most recruiters like to see role and responsibilities, but essentially they want to see achievements, what results have you produced from applying your skills, strengths and duties. If outline is very descriptive based, it will not allow your CV to stand out from other applicants – where possible quantify your achievements to really create impact.

Key Skills and Achievements:
Include 5-8 bullet points to really highlight what skills you offer the role and include substantiated detail – this section must be targeted, again, towards your application role(s). Keep your content succinct but relevant. Within this section include your main academic / career highlights and accomplishments.

A key skill example that is used every day in any role is communication:
Effective communicator with excellent perception, judgement and listening ability to ensure understanding at all levels

Areas of Expertise:
Include key words and phrases that identify you with the role criteria – these can be interchanged per application or kept generic for uploading to internet sites. Think of them as buzz words to make your CV more searchable.

Good luck with all of your future endeavours. Cheers!


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