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Tips for writing CVs

Tips for writing CVs

Tips for writing CVs

  • Use proactive words and phrases such as implemented, achieved, negotiated, succeeded, promoted, organised, evaluated, managed, established and communicated. When talking about skills and qualities avoid terms like ‘I hope’, ‘I believe’ and ‘I think’. Be more confident and just write 'I'. For example rather than ‘I believe I am a good communicator....’ write ‘I am a good communicator’.
  • Check your spelling and grammar and where possible get someone else to proof read it.
  • Take your time, do your research and don’t leave it to the last minute. Hurried CVs tend to have mistakes and are often unsuccessful.
  • Use the STAR method to write succinct examples. Put most emphasis on the action part of your example and clearly demonstrate the skill you have used.
  • Make use of the expertise at the Careers Centre. Use our workshops, leaflets, books and examples to hone your CV writing skills. You can make an appointment, use our drop-in service or our online guidance service, MyCareer Questions, to get your CV checked.