1. Choose your template: There are hundreds of templates available online so it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Go for one that is tailored to your situation to make your CV as relevant as possible. For example, if you have been out of work for a while, go for a template designed for people who have had gaps in employment. Make sure you also choose a simple design to make it easier to read and keep the focus on you and your experience.

  2. Match your CV to the job: Employers can spot ‘one size fits all’ CVs a mile off so make sure yours stands out by tailoring your CV to fit the job you’re applying for. Pick out the required skills listed in the job description and adapt your examples.

  3. Length and presentation: A good CV is never longer than two sides of A4. If yours is longer than this, cut out the information that isn’t relevant. Don’t forget to leave a space between sections and don’t use a font size smaller than 11. Knowing that people can read it is important!

  4. Check, check and check again: Grammar and spelling right is really important so read your CV a few times to make sure there are no mistakes. Why not ask someone else to read over it too? A fresh pair of eyes will often spot things you’ve missed.

  5. Don’t be shy: Your CV is your opportunity to show what you’re capable of and convince your prospective employer that you’re right for the job. Don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet, as everyone else will be blowing theirs.

  6. Personal statement: Your personal statement is an opportunity to personalise your CV. You should briefly summarise what you have achieved in the past, what you hope to achieve in the future, and how the job you’re applying for fits into that plan.

  7. Give examples: Most of us are guilty of having written a CV full of buzzwords like ‘teamwork’ and ‘communication skills’ without explaining what we mean by them. Anyone can say they are organised so make sure you give an example to demonstrate how you stand out from the crowd.

  8. Be concise: Employers receive tens, if not hundreds, of applications for every job they advertise so make sure your CV is as quick and easy to read. Use simple language that gets your point across. Using too many words will make you seem unsure of yourself.

  9. The digital age: In an increasingly digital age, it’s important that your CV works online as well as on paper. Many employers now use key word searches to see how relevant your CV is to the job, so pick out the most important words from the job description and use them. Once you’ve finished, save the document as your name so that it is easier for people to find.

  10. The power of Google: The first thing most prospective employers will do after reading your CV is Google you. Make sure your social media profiles are private and photos of your last big night out are hidden! Also, if you have a LinkedIn profile, make sure your CV matches it so that you appear consistent.