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Ryan Wall
Ryan Wall



As recruitment specialists we frequently get asked by candidates for our advice on how to

write the perfect CV. For many candidates their CV is the first communication they have with

potential employers, which is why it’s important it makes a good first impression. Whether

you’re applying for a new role or just looking to update your CV, we’ve outlined some of our

key hints and tips.


Keep the layout simple

Some employers read hundreds of CV’s per week. Therefore, it’s important to use a good, easy

to follow layout, ensuring key information is easy to find. ‘Don’t include unnecessary information

and make sure your CV is no longer than three pages’ explains Will Bourne, Sales Director at

Cognatio Solutions. Make sure key information can be found at the start of your CV, enticing

employers to read on.


Make sure your CV’s tailored for each company/role

Each position you apply for is different so make sure your CV reflects this. Most CV’s include

six to eight key skills/achievement, think about your top 20 and per application include the

most relevant based on the job description you’re applying for. Make sure you read the full job

description and have addressed as many of the key points the company is looking for as

possible. ‘Backing up your experience with figures or relevant success stories is a must, along with

focusing on results and outcomes’ explains Cognatio Solutions’ Mike Bennett.


Check grammar and formatting

This is the first impression you’ll make with an employer so make sure you don’t stand out for

the wrong reasons by having spelling or punctuation mistakes. Also ensure formatting in

consistent throughout. For example, if you’ve underlined company names on your current role

ensure you’ve done this for previous employers. Also print a hard copy to review rather than

only checking on a computer screen and get friends or family to check the final version.


Be honest

Whilst it can be tempting to ‘fabricate the truth’ this can set you up for a fall and have a

negative impact on future development opportunities. Be honest with what you can and can’t

achieve. If you keep noticing skills on job descriptions that you don’t possess this highlights

development areas which could be addressed within your current role or you could explore

external training to upskill yourself.


We hope you’ve found these key hints and tips helpful. If you’d like further advice or to speak

to an industry specialist at Cognatio Solutions email Also

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