Preparing Your CV
Here are our Top CV Tips:
- Length: two or three pages is ideal – lawyers should include a matters/transactions list.
- Layout: if you wish, open with a concise summary highlighting your skills and experience.
- Employment: put your experience in reverse chronological order (latest role first), detailing your responsibilities.
- Achievements: describe the contribution you personally brought to your employment under Employment. Metrics/outcomes can be useful to do this.
- Education and Qualifications: be explicit about degree subjects, grades and awarding institutions, and list all professional qualifications/memberships. Details of any publications you’ve authored and/or public presentations you’ve made would also be helpful.
- Contact Points: include your full postal address, email address, fixed and mobile telephone numbers.
- Interests: include a brief summary of your interests outside work
- Referees: include their name and contact details at the end of your cv
And try to avoid these common CV blunders:
- Grammatical errors and typographical mistakes.
- Using employer logos.
- Mixing different text colours and fonts.
- Poor layout, which is a major reason for CVs been dismissed by employers/recruiters, so keep it simple and readable