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Presenting a CV

Keep in mind the following points.

Personal statement

A short personal statement is an essential marketing and branding element at the top of your CV. It sums up your skills with a powerful punch, grabbing the employer’s attention immediately.


Include the most relevant information nearer to the top in order to catch the reader’s attention (you will need to switch this around depending on what is most relevant for each role you apply for).

Stick to a logical format, which the reader will easily understand.


The general rule is to stick to a two page (A4) limit. However this may vary slightly depending on sector or levels of experience.

If it’s too long it’s unlikely that the reader will make it to the end. It also suggests a lack of editing skills.


Each page should have plenty of space to increase readability. Avoid trying to squash too much information on the page.

Don’t be tempted to reduce the margins to fit more on the page. This will overwhelm the reader. 


Make use of bullet points to separate each detail.

A consistent use of indenting and repeated spacing will look effective.

A well applied use of bolding and italicising will draw the reader’s eye to key points.

If applying for a creative role, be creative with your CV.

Essential information

It is vital that you include contact information such as your name, address, email and phone number, so that the employer can reach you.

Your CV will be useless unless you include details about your education, qualifications, employment and/or experience.

What NOT to include:

Various employment laws protect against discrimination and ensure that your CV is judged fairly. It is not necessary to include:

Age/date of birth, marital status, ethnic origin or nationality, family situation, your health, or your current salary.

Unless you are asked, you do not have to include references (this is to protect against giving out personal information). If the employer wants references, they will ask for them.