Is your CV up to scratch?

Often a CV is the only thing an employer has to get their impression of you. It has to make you stand out, and show exactly why you’re a great candidate for any job. Here are some useful tips when writing your CV!


When it comes to choice of font and style of writing, keep things simple and professional. Don’t use obscure fonts or coloured writing, and instead choose a classic lettering such as Arial or Times New Roman in black. You should also make sure that the lettering isn’t too big so it looks like you’re trying to fill the page, but also not too small so that it’s difficult to read.


You also need to include the relevant information about you. Often employers like to see hobbies and interests on a person’s CV, but if these hobbies are things such as “watching TV” then it might be best to leave it out, as it’s not relevant to the job. However, if you are applying to work in a kitchen then it might be worth while writing that you enjoy watching TV, specifically cooking shows, as this is totally relevant.


Your CV should also be as tailored as possible. Usually people apply to many jobs at once, and if you’re choosing to do that then you stand a much better chance of being picked for an interview if your CV has been tailored to the posting. You might be less successful if you write a one-size-fits-all kind of CV and use it to apply to every company you can find. Instead, maybe change your CV up a bit depending on where you’re applying – this is certain to make you stand out more.


An equally important thing to remember is to make sure your CV is as up to date as possible. Keep all of the most recent relevant information in, because this is the type of info that employers are most interested in. Be sure to double check for any easy mistakes that might no longer be true, such as your age or if you have changed location.


Finally, it’s totally up to you on how you sell yourself but do not sell yourself short! Often when people are writing their CV they think they don’t have the right skills for the application, but an employer will want to hear any key skills that you have – no matter how small they seem to you. Skills may come from the most unlikely places, so really think about what experience you have, even if you take examples from being in a sports team in school, or volunteering for a charity. It’s all relevant!


If you are a New Roots service user, and want some help with writing your CV or support when it comes to finding work then you can always visit (or call) the office for some advice – don’t be shy!