Writing a Better CV

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the way you tell a prospective employer about you, your work experience, qualifications, skills and interests.

If you're looking for work, an up to date CV is vital. You can look for work through Hexa Services simply by filling in the CV form on this site, but we'd always recommend you write a more comprehensive CV and keep it up to date.

Take time to lay it out clearly and try to keep it to two sides of A4 paper. Double check for spelling mistakes or errors. Get someone else to read it.

Finally, always be honest, accurate and clear. Your interviewer will check up on qualifications and anything that is not true will become apparent at interview.

Personal Details - Begin your CV by clearly setting out your name, address and contact details. Use your name as the heading rather than 'curriculum vitae' or 'CV'. Include your mobile phone number and email address if you have them.

Employment History - Starting with your current or last job, list all of your previous employment. Don't leave gaps. If you took time out to travel, or have a family, then say so. For each job, give the following information:

  • Job title
  • Employer's name
  • Start and finish dates
  • A brief description of your responsibilities and duties
  • Achievements and results of the job

If you've been involved in short term contract work, then say how long you've been doing this and list the major projects or companies you've worked for.

Education, Training and Qualification - Starting with the most recent, list all formal education. Give the name of the school, college or university and list all exams passed with dates and results. List any other training courses that are relevant to the job or you have attended, as employers like to see candidates who are adaptable and willing to learn.

Additional Information - Give details of any other skills that you've acquired, not directly required by this job, such as computer skills, languages or special qualifications like HGV driving or St. John's Ambulance.

Your interests and hobbies can go in here, too. Tell your employer if you are involved in sports, arts or membership of any societies. Try to show something about your personality and demonstrate things that will be important in your work, such as leadership skills, organisational ability or health and fitness.