How to Structure your CV

Opening Statement/Personal Profile

The personal profile section of your CV defines your motivations. You are telling the employer why you are the best person for the job and what drives your ambition. Prioritise your information so that the most important information comes first and not trivia about where you live, how old you are and what schools you went to.

Work History

Your work history should be clear and concise, detailing your present job role, with objectives and tasks, but use similar terminology to that within the job advertisement. Use multiple examples of the skills required, this will demonstrate you have a clear level of experience.

Achievements added on to the work history as part of each job description are a real positive, particularly when you show obvious relevance and value to the employer. Use examples that are clearly related to the new job application.

For example, if you have worked in a shop:
> Received a customer service compliment
which resulted in a £50 voucher
> Opened a record number of store cards, 70%
above my target

Display all roles in chronological order, with the most recent detailed first.

Job titles and company names are usually subtitles (if you’ve worked
for a company that’s not widely known, it’s useful to provide what the brand specialises in e.g. Marketing Executive, Premiere People, Recruitment Consultancy).

Add more detail into the strongest, most relevant roles.

Include key objectives, responsibilities, duties and achievements to form the subject body, which should reflect skills and ability.

Take ownership and use words such as determined, implemented, created, devised, co-ordinated and conceived.

Include figures, targets and numbers where possible.

Education Background

The education section obviously summarises your educational background. However, there is also an opportunity to highlight any additional achievements, such as an example of leadership, teamwork through sport, being a prefect or simply proactive activities whilst studying.

Skills/Hobbies and achievements

Skills are often keywords in job applications which describe the attributes needed for the role, for example, IT proficiency or teamwork. Sometimes these skills are not relevant to your education or current role, but you do boast these skills. Think laterally about your personal activities, for example. 

Skills:
Confident using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and publisher Completed certified Adobe Illustrator course

Hobbies and achievements:
Netball captain, working with a team to successfully win 8 tournaments in 2 years. Member of the yearbook committee - designing pages and organising/collecting photos from students across the year.