Your name

Some employers now remove names from CVs so that the decision maker can’t make a judgement about the gender or ethnicity of applicants but instead has to judge on the merits of the experience and skills outlined in the CV. However, even if they do this, they need to know how to get in touch with you so make sure your name is at the very top of your CV. Don’t include a nickname but do feel free to add your used name in brackets if it is different to your given one, for example, “Jonathan (Jon) Smith”.

Your phone number

Make sure that your phone number is up to date and prominent on your CV.

Your email address

Again, this should be right at the top of your CV but a word of caution: make sure it’s employer appropriate! If your email address is a nickname, a joke or something a bit blue, consider getting an additional bland one to use when applying for roles, just remember to check it regularly.

Your home town

There’s no need to include your full address but giving an idea of the commute that is feasible is very helpful. For example, “I am based in Maidenhead, Berkshire but I have my own transport and am willing to travel up to 20 miles per day”. You could also include here whether you would

A personal statement

This doesn’t need to be very long – a couple of lines is perfect – but should give the recruiter an idea of the type of person you are. You might want to add here something about your hobbies and interests, in a way that paints you in the best light.

Your roles

We’ll go into this in more detail in s later blog but the basics are; starting with the most recent first, outline where you have worked, for how long and what your main responsibilities were. If you were promoted to a new rank or position, add both roles so the recruiter can see how you have progressed.

Your qualifications and skills

Again, the most recent should be first here. Include the dates of study and any final grade. However, it’s important to note that what most employers are really looking for is experience and knowledge, so don’t get too stressed if you don’t have a lot of formal qualifications, just make sure you play up the skills part!

Transport

Let your employer know whether you have your own transport, what sort of licence you hold and whether it is free of penalty points and what categories of vehicle you are qualified to drive.

What you don’t need to include

There is no need to include your marital status, nickname, date or birth or age, nationality, sexuality, race or religion as employers can’t legally make a decision based on these factors. However, you should add them to your covering letter or highlight them to the recruiter if you think they are particularly relevant, for example if you’re applying for a role with a religious organisation or if your family situation makes you able or unable to work long hours.

Remember that we’re here to help and will always give you advice on how you can tailor your CV to a particular role. If you’ve got any burning questions you can drop us a line.