Tips on what to include on your CV.

Your CV is the first step towards achieving your dream job and impressing a future employer. As a recruiter I see all variations of CV’s and often it can be one small change on your CV that can give you one giant leap towards getting the job of your dreams.

So let’s spruce up your CV and help you get it right on the very first attempt!

Having a high quality CV will significantly boost your chances of progressing to the interview stage, so it’s worth putting in the extra effort on the content and design. Due to significant numbers of applicants applying for roles the average hiring manager will spend between 5-7 seconds looking over your CV before deciding to move forward. This means it is critical for you to highlight your assets as clearly as possible.

Ensuring that your CV highlights your skills, expertise and how you can add value to the position you have applied for. It’s recommended that your CV be no longer than two pages – so no waffling!

Cactus Recruit recommends the following layout/ information:

Personal details

The first part includes essential details such as your name, address, phone number and your email address.

Personal profile

A personal profile can be an effective means of expressing your personality to a potential employer. At Cactus Recruit we recommend tailoring this part to the company you are applying for. It is worth noting that including keywords helps recruiters / hiring managers find your CV easily too.

Key skills

This section should be dedicated to any relevant skills you have. When applying for a specific job you should consider any skills that might be useful or add value to your CV.

Employment history

Here is your chance to display your employment history up until this point. The main focus here is to highlight the relevant experience you may have, as well as any skills or traits you picked up along the way. Employers love when you add how you added value too. For example, Here I done ‘X’ which achieved ‘Y’. When writing your employment history, consider the following:

  • Include a job title, company name and start / finish dates as the heading

  • List any relevant responsibilities and achievements

  • Explain any gaps in employment – for instance if you were travelling, write down what you learnt and any personal developments you gained.

Education and qualifications

In this section you need to provide any relevant education and training until this point in your career.


Next you should include any interests that are relevant to the position. Try and not go overboard on this section; just stick to hobbies and interests that can portray something about your personality to your employer. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!


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