CV Advice

What constitutes a good CV?  It’s all open for debate, here at MTR we believe in simplicity. 

Of course, you need to stand out from other job seekers in the market although remember that the person reading your CV may not have the time to read war and peace. Therefore creating an impactful CV is paramount if you want to be selected to attend an interview!

CV Length

An acceptable length CV is no more than 2 or three pages of A4 in pt10 font. You’re probably thinking that it isn’t possible, especially if you’ve had a healthy career to date with several moves.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help you create the best CV you can.

Getting Started

A good place to start with your new CV is to think about the roles you’ve held and the aspects or responsibilities you enjoyed whilst doing those roles – Write them down along with the achievements you made whilst in the role(s).  It gives the interviewer something to focus on, your enthusiasm will show more if the interviewers questions are related to something you’ve enjoyed doing or an achievement you’ve made.  Once you’ve detailed the juicy bits, go on to detail the tasks you had to routinely perform as part of the role. Do this for all the positions you’ve held throughout your career. 

Career History

Once you have the bones to your Career History, go back through it and delete any repetition in tasks, duties and responsibilities.  This is so the reader doesn’t become bored and distracted.  If it isn’t possible to delete the repetition, then consider how to re word it so it reads a fresh. Interviewers may not have come across the Companies you’ve previously worked for, therefore detailing a couple of sentences to explain what the companies do, provides opportunities for interviewers to ask more intelligent questions regarding your background and experience.

Personal Statement

A personal statement should accompany your CV and should be approximately 7 or 8 sentences long.  This is to give a potential interviewer/employer a flavour of who you are, what you’re looking for, what you can bring to a new role that no other candidate can.  Make it unique, sell the person you are, avoid using generic terms, most importantly keep it updated!  If you’re applying for a variety of positions, a good idea is to change your personal statement to showcase aspects of yourself that would be more relevant to the position you’re applying for.

Spare Time Activities

Let the employer establish what kind of person you are by writing about spare time activities, this should be an interesting section of your CV.  Avoiding terms such as “I enjoy socialising with friends and family”, tell an employer what you like to do with your friends and family.  For instance: “I enjoy hill walking with my family and wine tasting events with friends”

Education

Your Education section of your CV, isn’t just about your School, College and University days, include personal development courses you’ve attended during your work life. 

Personal Information

It’s completely up to you how much personal information you share with an organisation, therefore the dates of your education do not have to be on your CV, neither does Date of Birth, Marital Status, Dependants, Race, Religion Gender or Sexual Orientation. Do not feel pressured to supply details that make you feel uncomfortable, they are not relevant for the purposes of finding your next perfect role!

And Finally

Finally and most crucially, once you’ve created your CV, go back and check it again and again for spelling mistakes, grammar errors and how easy it is to read.  Let friends and family read it for you to check for any glaring mistakes. 

Sample CV

Have a look at the simple format below, this could be used for most CVs.

Name
Address, Email Address, Contact Number

 

Personal Statement

This section should be no more than 7 or 8 sentences long.  It describes the type of person you are, the types of position you are looking for.

Employment History
Company Name Company Name Here
Company Description 1 or 2 sentences to describe the business activities of the company
Dates of Employment Include the months that you were employed as well as the years (if applicable)
Position Held This is your job Title
Key Achievements Bullet point the things you achieved whilst employed in the role
Duties & Responsibilities These are your regular tasks you performed in the role

Repeat this section for the number of positions you’ve held to date

Education History

School Name of School
Subjects & Qualifications Subjects and the Grades you achieved

Professional Training Courses

Company

 

Subject(s)

 

Hobbies & Specialist Interests

A few sentences to help interviewers know a little more about you outside of the work environment