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CV Writing Guide

A strong CV and cover letter maximises your chances of job interview success!

CV Writing Guide & Tips


Make sure all your personal information is up to date e.g email address, phone number, address.

Your personal profile/statement is the first thing they will read; this is a great opportunity to highlight your core competencies and experience. MAKE IT COUNT!

Your CV should be clear and easy to read, do not waffle or use jargon.  First impressions last, the layout and presentation of your CV is important. Do not make the layout too fussy. 

Stick to a maximum of two pages of A4 paper where possible.


Understand the job description. Pick out the key points and tailor your C.V to the job you are applying for.

Demonstrate your skills. These are your key strengths that will help you stand out from other applicants e.g. problem solving, foreign language.  List out the systems you have used and which employer you used them with, this can give you the edge over other candidates as potential employers prefer to hire someone that can hit the ground running!

Highlight your personal achievements, this helps to present you as a person.  What personal targets have you achieved?  How have you improved the quality or efficiency of your work in the past?  How have you contributed to increasing profits?

Be positive about your work history; try to relate your skills that you have learnt in a previous position to the job you are applying for.

Always send your CV with a cover letter, make sure it does not look generic, mention why you are interested in the company and how you are suited to the position.

Spell Check. It is unacceptable to have spelling errors in either you cover letter or CV. 

Get in touch – We are here to help! 

At JWR, we provide free professional advice and tips on how to get your CV up to date to help you get that job. Contact us today on info@jwrecruitment.com to arrange a consultation with an experienced recruiter.