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9 questions everyone has about their CV

12 October 2021

by Chris Beechey

​Having a strong and accurate CV is important in getting yourself that all-important interview. You want to stand out from the crowd, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what to say and what not to say. 

We have answered 9 common questions asked when writing a CV:

1.     How should my CV look?

Less is more! The person reading your CV will focus on the most important points, clear headings and bullet points make a CV much easier to read. Remember, white space is your friend, not your foe.

 

2.     In what order should my information be?

Display your experience in chronological order, starting from your current role. Qualifications should follow your experience in order of the most recent and most relevant.

 

3.     Should I put my picture on my CV?

Adding a picture to your CV is not needed. Due to anti-discrimination and labour laws, a company must be able to prove that their hiring process is free from any profiling based on appearance, age, race or gender.

 

4.     Can I show off my personality on my CV?

Keep your CV formal so it appeals to everyone, you can always tailor your CV for different roles. Show off your personality at the interview stage or through your personal statement if it’s required. (Watch our webinar where we discuss the power of personal branding, what it means, and why it's an integral part of your career.)

 

5.     Is an employment gap seen as a negative?

An employment gap doesn’t have to be a negative, a simple explanation should be enough to show your commitment to your career. However, be prepared to go into more detail during an interview.

 

6.     Should I put a Hobbies section in my CV?

Having a hobbies and interests section is optional. It is a great way for the reader to find some common ground with you, which could benefit you in the interview stage. Remember, only state your true hobbies – don’t get caught out!

 

7.     How should my CV be formatted?

When sending your CV to a recruiter, it’s best to submit it as a WORD document. Alternatively, if you’re sending your CV straight to the employer, use a PDF.

 

8.     How many pages should my CV be?

Based on your experience, 2 – 3 pages is the best length for your CV. Remember, if you have too much information, the reader will struggle to pick out the important parts.

 

9.     Do I need to write a personal statement?

Not all applications require a Personal Statement, however you should attach one with your CV if you can. It should be a brief summary of your journey so far and tailored to each role you apply for.

There is much more to the job searching process than just a great CV. Download our Job Searching Guide to find more do’s and don’ts on the following:

  • Job applications

  • Interviewing

  • Handling interview rejection

  • Handing in your notice

    and much more!