This is your first introduction to potential employers and some may only spend a few seconds scanning your CV. Getting this step right can determine whether you get short-listed for interview.
There is no set format for the perfect CV, however these basic guidelines should be of help:
- Strong, clear cover letter – covering your skills/attributes to match the key details from the job description
- Try not to span more than two sides of A4
- Use black for text and avoid headings that are too bright in colour.
- Normally the use of Arial, Verdana or Times New Roman fonts, with a size of around 11 -12 for text and 14-16 for headings is the right format
- Use short bullet points and paragraphs of text
- Ensure that your work history has no unexplained gaps and these have employment dates and a short brief of your role
- It is a good idea to list all training courses attended and try to summarise your professional development
- Tell them what specific interests you are keen to pursue and why?
- Try not to use images or fancy art work
- Include any CPD events that you have attended
- Tell them about any related achievements/awards
- Check for typos and for anything you have missed that may be relevant
- Are you a member of related professional organisations, RCVS for example? Tell them!
- References, it’s always a good idea to provide these
Here are a couple of general CV templates for your use:
Download CV Template – 01 Download CV Template – 02