Some tips on CV writing

16 Jun, 2015
London Office

Some tips on how to write a CV


In these days of social media and electronic genius, a mere written document is not enough to give an accurate impression of you at all.

Curriculum Vitae or CV, means literally “the story of your life”, and this is the document you are using to portray an image or impression of yourself.

You are not there in person, but the document is all that your potential employer has to go on.

Studies show that potential employers spend an average of between 6 and 12 seconds skimming your CV, so perhaps you need to rethink this!!!

Something needs to catch their eye!

But what?

Use a font which is easy to read and use a reasonable size letter.  To me, Ariel 11 is always the best.

A professional picture of yourself (not tipsy at a wedding!) would be a good start.

Next, your personal details –  if you are married but able to travel to international roles, say so.  If your family and / or dependants travel with you, say so.

Do a short summary of your Work History with dates and outline your profile in a short summary. That way, when people want a 2 pager, you have it ready.

Next give a short summary, in bullet point form, of your duties at each job.

Firstly, put the name and website of each employer in bold lettering, followed by the summary of duties.

Under duties, DO NOT repeat a job description, but outline things which actually show what you have done, for example; number of rooms, star rating, number of people managed, number and type of restaurants and outlets, number of seats / covers, and then, put in some of your achievements!

State what difference you made in the role and what improvements you brought about.

There is nothing more soul destroying than reading a job description instead of actual duties! State what you actually did, not what you were generically supposed to!

If you have YouTube clips or any other live media examples that relate to you or your work, add those.  Beware however, because the first thing prospective employers do when they are interested in you, is search for you on Facebook! Be very careful what you post on Facebook!


Kind regards

Rob Samuelson