Getting Started Job Hunting

Not sure how to make a start with your job application? Click below for an example of how you might match your experience against a job description and person specification.

Writing a CV

A curriculum vitae (CV) can be used when:

  • Replying to adverts which say send full details or ask for a CV
  • When making speculative approaches to organisations who are not currently advertising
  • When an organisation does not have an application form.

Not all employers accept CVs but if you do need to produce one you might find the following tips helpful.

1. Use good quality A4 paper (preferably white or cream).

2. Limit your CV to 2 pages.

3. Stick to the same format throughout.

4. It is optional to mention marital status, date of birth or nationality on a CV.

5. Highlight important information on the first page - this could be in a section headed skills or personal profile.

6. Present your employment history in reverse order, starting with your present or most recent job. As you go back in time you can be briefer in your description of your duties.

7. When describing your duties use action words such as achieved, organised, succeeded, managed, participated etc.

8. Do not leave any gaps - even if you have had a long time out of the job market, you may have undertaken community work or gained skills through interests or home making.

9. Do not fold the finished document.

10. Keep a copy and amend it for each application as necessary.