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Ideas for a CV format for UK employees

If you’ve got all the skills and experience needed to get a job but you don’t represent yourself accurately on your CV, you might be passed over for your ideal job. There’s no definitive CV format for UK employees but there are a few hints and tips you should follow when writing your CV to make sure it has the impact you want.

CV According to legend, Leonardo Da Vinci was the first person to list his skills and achievements on paper in an effort to get employment. Before he designed the helicopter and painted the Mona Lisa, Da Vinci designed weaponry. He wrote his CV in an effort to a find employment with the Duke of Milan. Even if your achievements aren’t as great as Da Vinci’s you’ll still want to get yourself across correctly so the following tips should be of use.

Basic format

There is information that your CV has to include and then other things that you can choose to put in or keep out. The following should give you an idea of how much of each type of content you should use. A large chunk of the CV should be about your previous work experience. Keep this relevant though. A part-time job in a takeaway restaurant when you were 15 isn’t relevant for a job in an office unless you’re applying for a job with a fast food chain. The next longest section on the CV should be dedicated to your skills and qualifications. Your professional objectives, your hobbies and interests and your contact details also have to be included but they shouldn’t be as prominent as the 2 major sections. Details like your National Insurance number and nationality can be included but if your CV is starting to look cluttered, these are the things to remove.

Writing a good CV

There’s no method of writing a CV that always works. As you’re trying to stand out from the crowd, some degree of personalisation is a good idea but don’t go too far. If you’re using a CV template taken from the web, why not change some of the colours or adjust the font. Printing it on yellow paper with red dots in the background will make your CV stand out from the crowd, but it will probably be put into the recruiter’s bin before it’s read unless you’re after a job as a children’s’ entertainer.

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