CV checklistWriting your first CV or updating it for the first time in a long time can be a daunting task. The below CV tips are some fundamental guidelines to help you when you are writing up your CV and are not sure what to add.

It’s important to have a CV that tells the story of your education and career path to date- but that is also clear and concise.

A CV should always be written in the first person, you should describe who you are and what you did not what ‘John’ did.


1. The word ‘CV’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ is not necessary,

What you should have at the top of the page is your name. This is your CV and your name is what should be apparent from first glance at your CV.


2. Dates, dates, dates!

Many people do not realise the importance of including how long each job lasted! This helps the employer ascertain your experience level in each job you had. Always include the month and year you started and finished each job.


3. Gaps in employment for whatever reason are not something to hide

Whether it was traveling, a career break, a family break, or if you were taking up additional courses or education- it’s best to include a short line on why there was a break. This will help in painting a clear picture of where you were to where you are now. By doing this, you are answering the questions an employer might ask before they even have to!


CV Tips4. Job title and employer company title are the two vital key headings you should use

The company’s address is not something that is necessary to include unless you want to state if it was in another country or a particular location.


5. Duties & Responsibilities under each job you have had.

It can be difficult to decide what to write here. My advice would be to add what you did on a daily basis that was key to your role, and then to add the transferable skills you gained. For example, noting you were on the phone every day as a customer service agent may have been a daily task, and credit management or collections might be another task associated with your role that could be an excellent transferrable skill important to another company and another job.


Claire Normoyle

Recruitment Consultant

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group