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How to write a winning CV

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So you're looking for a new job, and maybe you're not sure where to start and how to make sure that you get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers.

Maybe you've been sending your CV out to every single job ad and recruiter in the area and just getting no response?

Or perhaps your CV is just not up to date? Well, Employment Solutions are here to help! The first thing a lot of people do is sit at a computer and search "CV writing tips".

There's no magic formula that will tell you how to write a CV that will guarantee an interview, but we want to share a few tips in this CV writing guide that will help you from our own experiences. (We do look at a LOT of CVs) 

If you're starting from scratch, sitting down to write a winning CV will seem like an important and time-consuming task. Even if you're well aware of the basics or have previous experience of writing CVs, you may be overlooking a simple but costly mistake as a result of habitually using the same old document. We believe that a CV should be more than a collection of your previous positions.

Approached with the right amount of enthusiasm, research and professionalism, (not to mention the time spent viewing some helpful CV examples), a well-written CV can be the gateway to a whole new career. Moreover, that makes it more than worthwhile spending a little time on. Follow these simple steps to make sure your CV does the hard work for you!

Our top five CV writing tips

1. Your CV should show off your unique experiences and skillsets. Don't forget to include highlights of professional success that you have had, problems that you have resolved and any management achievements.

2. Don't overcomplicate it! Layout and font choice can be vital in making sure that a prospective employer reads your CV. Simple CV's are the most effective (please no comic sans)

3. Tailor it! Don't just send the same generic CV to every single job that you apply for. Take some time, research the company and role and tailor your CV to show off the right aspects of your experience for them.

4. Check it, check it and recheck it! Spelling mistakes, conflicting employment dates and incorrect contact details can be an instant red flag to a would-be employer!

5. Keep it fresh and up to date. There's nothing worse to a recruiter than having to chase an applicant for missing dates of employment (Ok, maybe this is exaggerated a little)

A note on security clearance

One question pops up online again and again int he CV writing discussion is on the subject of declaring security clearance.

"I'm changing jobs, and I hold security clearance at XXXX level, should I declare it on my CV?"

Well, the short answer to that question is no, but why?

Whatever clearance level you hold, the official guidelines from ctp.org.uk say that you should write "Cleared to a high government standard" on your CV. They say that you shouldn't reveal your security level on your CV or social media. The reason behind this is to protect yourself from the security risks that could come from this being public knowledge. 

Good luck with your CV writing and make sure you check out our latest roles by clicking here as we may have your dream job listed on our website.