CV/Resume Builder



A poorly written CV/Resume, despite its content, will almost certainly have a negative influence on a potential employer. After all, it is the first opportunity that they will have to judge how well you present yourself. In order to create a positive impression follow these basic guidelines.

Length

Keep it as short and relevant as possibles.

Content

Keep it concise. You should split your CV/Resume into sections, such as Personal Information, Qualifications, Employment History and Interests.

Personal Information

Include your name, full address, telephone numbers (day/evening/mobile), email address and date of birth.

Qualifications

List both academic and non-academic qualifications in chronological order, giving grades. Do not include irrelevant information.

Employment History

Beginning with your most recent job, include your responsibilities, duration of employment and reasons for leaving. Do not omit any period of employment for whatever reason, as this may prove awkward at interview. Make your time accountable.

Referee Details

Include these for your most recent five-year employment history, even if you have written references. It is essential that you supply sufficient information, allowing both us at Momentum and potential employers to contact your referees, regardless of whether they are in the UK or overseas.

Personal Interests

Listing your interests is important, but do not generalise. For example, instead of simply saying 'football', you could expand and say that you have played for a local club for the last four years and are now publicity officer for the committee.

Check

Before submitting your CV/Resume, make sure you check it thoroughly, not just for spelling mistakes but also, to make sure that it is a clear representation of you, that it is relevant and that it will encourage the employer to contact you to find out more. Ask a friend to check it, too. Someone who works in the industry for which you are applying would be particularly beneficial.