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5 Essential Ingredients You Need to Write a Good CV

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When it comes to making a good CV, the important thing to remember is that you have keep it short, sweet, and well laid out.

To give you a good idea what makes a good-looking CV, this article aims to explain the six essential ingredients that you need. Here they all are.

1. Personal Details

First things first, you need to add your personal details at beginning of your CV. Here you can include the following information:

  • Full name with title (i.e. Mr, Miss, Mrs, etc.)
  • LinkedIn URL
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Current living address
  • Contact telephone number(s) (landline or mobile number)

It is best to lay this information out in two columns.

2. A Short Bio.

This is your opportunity to tell your potential employer who you are, what you hope to achieve, and your background. It is important to keep this part to no more than 4 or 5 lines. To show you an example, please see the sample below:

“I am an enthusiastic individual who is looking to pursue a career in sales and marketing. I enjoy interacting with different people from various different backgrounds, and this is why I strongly feel that a career in sales would be best suited for me.

I am highly motivated, and I firmly believe in setting a good example by conducting myself in a polite and respectable manner to my seniors and colleagues.”

3. Key Skills.

The key skills section is your opportunity to showcase what skills that you have. You can list key skills such as communication and organisation skills. You can even put down skills you’ve gained from your hobbies and interests.

For example, if you play football or any team sports, you have gained team working skills. If you are good at Maths or English, you can say that you have strong numeracy and literacy skills, respectively. Don’t forget to add your IT skills; after all, you are from the tech-savvy generation.

When putting down you key skills, its best to lay this information out in three columns.

4. Work Experience.

In this section, you tell your potential employer where you have worked and what you are currently doing. Make sure you put down the start and end dates of the relevant positions and name of company of where you have worked. And make sure you list your main duties and any notable achievements in this section as well.

You can also include any voluntary experience as well. Voluntary experience is extremely valuable and shows that you have taken the initiative to get that all important experience.

Also, your qualifications are extremely important to employers. But there’s more to qualifications than GCSEs and A Levels. Qualifications such as NVQs and Apprenticeships hold a considerable amount value as they are more specifically catered to a particular trade.

5. Hobbies & Interests.

Hobbies and interest section is a good opportunity to tell your potential employer what you are like outside of work and to know your personality.

For example, if you enjoy playing a variety of sports, you will come across as some who is active. If you enjoy reading and writing, people will assume that you enjoy the arts and you are fairly creative. But do not go overboard with your hobbies and interests; pick the ones that relevant to the job that you want.

I hope this article has given you a good idea to know what information is needed in your CV. But you have to remember that it is not just about the content of the CV, but it’s also how it is laid out. Keep it neat, easy to read, and one or two pages long at the most.

And finally, make sure you tailor your CV for each job by talking about skills relevant to the job you’re applying for. Using the same CV every time might not always be the best option.

Got any other tips on how to write a good CV? Let us know in the comments below!

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