How to write a CV
Tips on how to write a CV
- Match your CV with the job requirements
- “KISS” = Keep It Straight and Simple. It should be easy to read
- Present your employment record in reverse chronological order i.e. most current date first
- Ask someone to double check for correct spelling and grammar
- Bear in mind that your CV will be reviewed alongside others so think about how you can make it stand out
CV basic structure
- Personal details - include your full name, address and full contact details
- Personal statement - this is a short introduction to the CV, describing your skills, experience and personal qualities
- Education - state the number of exams passed e.g. GCSEs and A-Levels. It's useful to state if these include Mathematics and English. If you have any higher qualifications state this first.
- Work experience - list the most recent first and describe your responsibilities in each role. Provide dates and explain any gaps in employment.
- Key skills - e.g. any training, vocational qualifications or competencies relevant
- Hobbies and interests - this provides information about your personality outside the work place
- References - Historic Royal Palaces makes offers of employment conditional on receiving satisfactory references from your former employer