How to write a good CV

How to write a good CV


Whether you’ve been applying for jobs and getting no interviews, or if you’re just about to start your search, it’s more than likely that your CV requires a little attention. It’s no good just casually updating it a little and sending it out in a blanket approach, with such a competitive field out there, your CV has to shine and make you stand out from the crowd.


The first thing to do is to make sure the correct information is included, which should be as follows:

  • Personal details
  • Education and qualifications
  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Hobbies and interests
  • References.

Once you have ensured that all of the above is present and correct, here are a few other factors to bear in mind…


Tailor it to the role

This is possibly the most important aspect of creating a good CV. Once you have included everything in the list above, go through it with a fine toothcomb and think of your specific skills or experience areas that would relate to the role you’re applying for and then highlight these! Read the job description thoroughly to properly ascertain what the employer wants, and then use your own attributes to answer their calling. Do this for each role you apply for as it is possible that each one will require something slightly different from their new employee.


Be concise and accurate

Put yourself in the employer’s shoes for a moment. He or she is possibly short staffed with limited time on their hands, and they will have a multitude of job applications to sift through. Keep yours concise and to the point, you don’t want them to lose them before they’ve read about your best attributes. There’s no defined rule for how long a CV should be, although many suggest keeping it to two sides of A4. We also recommend checking for correct spelling and grammar, as mistakes can be very off-putting – ask a trusted friend to read through to spot any errors.


Format and layout

Space sections out so that they are clearly defined and use a bold font to head up each section. Use a clear, professional font throughout, such as Arial or Calibri, and steer clear of using too many colours or over-formatting – your CV should be pleasant to look at.


Keep it up to date

Make sure your latest experience and qualifications are included and if there are any gaps in your employment explain them rather than leaving a question mark that could put your potential new employer off. List your work experience and qualifications in order, with the most recent first.


Remember that your CV is your first chance to shine in front of a new employer, and if it doesn’t stand out you won’t even make it to the interview stage. With some careful thought and a little editing, your CV can do the hard work for you, so try our tips above to help take your career to the next level. For the latest roles in the dental profession, head to today!