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Follow the steps in our guide to create a powerful CV. This guide will help you make the most of your time in a CV consultation with us – and ultimately help you submit an application to suit the opportunity.

Make sure you have completed steps 1 and 2 of the CV writing process first.

From start to finish of your CV

Drafting your CV is made easy with the help of this step-by-step guide. Complete each step carefully to make sure that your CV 'sells' your best qualities, skills and experience.

The 11 steps to preparing a high quality CV

  1. Prepare for writing your CV: the modern CV must be targeted, relevant and precise
  2. Organise your CV information: organise all the material you have prepared into categories
  3. Format your CV: the best way to present your CV
  4. Insert personal/contact details: communicating basic information, and establishing your style
  5. List qualifications/education: laying out your qualifications and educational history
  6. Match your skills to the employer's needs: matching your skills to a prospective employer’s needs
  7. Present your work history: reinforce the valuable skills you have put into practice or developed through previous employment
  8. List your interests and activities: demonstrate how ‘well rounded’ you are as a person
  9. List your referees: a way for prospective employers to verify the history, skills and qualities you put forward in your CV
  10. Add optional sections: depending on the job, these sections may add real value
  11. Target your CV to meet the employer's needs: does your CV follow a ‘top-to-bottom’ hierarchy and meet the prospective employer’s needs?
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