Top Tips For Your CV

Top Tips For Your CV

Wondering how to make your application stand out? Follow our top tips and get ahead of your competition.

We’re always looking for great people to join the Utilitywise team. Follow the tips below to really make your application stand out.

1. Covering letter

We recommend you send a covering letter with your application. This should clearly state the name of the role you are applying for and why you think you’re suitable for it.

It would also help the Recruitment Team if you could provide an estimated start date, just in case you are successful. We are always optimistic, so you should be too.

2. Presentation

Keep your CV simple, concise and easy to read. Let us know what experience you have and explain how this is suitable for the role.

Your CV must be presented professionally, clearly and in a way which indicates you are an ideal candidate for the role – we will be looking at your skills, experience, behaviours, and attitude. If your experience doesn’t match what we are looking for, then perhaps it is not the right position for you.

Your CV should be no more than two pages long and have line spaces between each section. The font should remain consistent throughout with bold/larger font sizes for headings.

3. CV styles

Particular CV styles can help to highlight relevant strengths depending on your experiences to date.

  • Chronological CV: This is the most familiar format. It outlines your experiences in reverse chronological order with sections for education, experience and achievements. It will typically show progression up a career ladder within the same profession. This format may not be suitable if you have changed roles frequently or are looking to change your career.
  • Skills based CV / functional CV: This format of CV focuses on demonstrating evidence by using relevant skills headings to present your evidence. Education and work experience descriptions are kept brief. It is best used if you are trying to change career or if you have changed roles frequently.
  • Academic CV: More emphasis in this CV is upon knowledge and academic achievements.

4. CV headings

A CV will typically have the following sections:

  • Personal details: Name, address, contact numbers and email. Please make sure your contact information is up to date, or we won’t be able to get in touch with you.
  • Profile: No more than a few sentences outlining your strengths within a workplace environment. Ensure these are a close match to the role(s) you are applying for.
  • Career history: Ensure the same format is used throughout your CV. For example job title, company, dates employed. Bullet points are advisable to ensure a “punchy” approach. We recommend your most recent roles are first.
  • Key skills: Consider your recent work or academic experience and the skills you have gained. Have you got the right skills for this role?
  • Education and/or training: If you have work experience in the relevant field, your school education can be listed and brief. It is important the industry related qualifications are given more detail. If you have little work experience it is important for you to give details of grades gained to support your application.
  • Personal interests: Be selective in this area and consider the role you are applying for. For example an interest in team sports such as football or netball evidences your capability to work in a team. Resist putting any interests that can lead to an instant judgement – for example enjoying time in the pub!

Remember, we are reading CVs to learn about skills and abilities such as your willingness to learn, reliability, self-motivation, communication skills, flexibility and organisational skills.

5. Social Media

We’re likely to look for you on social media sites, so it’s always best to ensure your profiles are up to date. Not only that, but our Recruitment Team are all on LinkedIn – feel free to connect!