CV Writing Tips

The Perfect CV

Competition for graduate careers is fiercer than ever so your CV is becoming more and more valuable.

Below is the 1PGR hotlist of tips on how to ensure your CV is at the top of the list for our client’s to interview.

Our clients see hundreds of CVs a week so keep your layout simple meaning that the important information is easy to find.

Stick to reverse chronological order, use size 11 or 12 font with a simple and easy to ready text and stick with a Microsoft Word document.

Believe it or not, many companies technology filters will instantly reject anything with complex formatting or that is in a PDF format.

Start with a personal statement/profile; a brief summary of you and why you want the job you are applying for. You need to start selling yourself from the first sentence.

For a graduate career, education should come next with all grades, dates and establishments named. Then followed by your work experience in a similar layout.

Make sure you give an idea of the skills and tasks that are applicable to the job you are applying for. End with an extra-curricular section.

Every client wants a well-rounded graduate to join their team so detail any sports, societies, hobbies or interests you have. More generally, make sure you don’t leave any time gaps in your CV and of course make sure all the information is correct and true.

Lying on your CV is a serious no-no, and will often result in the withdrawal of an offer or termination of employment if found out.​