Do and Don’ts in CV Writing – Careerzooom

You could be the most qualified candidate by far but fail to get the job because your CV doesn’t meet the expectations of the hiring manager.

If you can create a well written professional looking CV that is tailored to the job you’re applying for, your chances of landing an interview will increase markedly.

  • Do’s :

1. Choose the Right CV Type:

We all have different work experiences and backgrounds so the traditional Chronological CV is not for everyone. There are actually three commonly used CV types:

  • Chronological CV:

    This is by far the most widely used format and outlines your work experience and education. It is the best option if you plan to stay in the same industry and have no gaps in your work history.

  • Functional CV:

    Also known as ‘Skills-Based’, this CV puts the spotlight on your achievements and skills rather than on experience and education. It is a good option if you have a gap in your work history, are planning to change careers or are just starting out in the workplace.

  • Combination CV:

    This format is a mixture of both a functional and chronological CV. It uses both work history and skills to capture the

2.Follow the Correct CV Format:

  • Personal details– include: your name, address and contact details
  • Personal statement – a well written a personal statement, will help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Education – include details of your degree, relevant training and professional accreditation.
  • Work History – list your employment history in chronological order, include: dates, job title, duties and responsibilities.
  • Skills – list any relevant skills you haven’t mentioned so far.
  • Achievements
  • Hobbies

3. Keep it Neat and Tidy:

As well as getting someone to proofread your CV to check for spelling and grammatical errors, ensure there is plenty of white space included. If a hiring manager sees a squashed up CV, he won’t even read it! Each section should be clearly outlined and it is also a good idea to use high quality white or cream paper if sending a CV by mail.


1. Forget to Include a Cover Letter:

You should attach a cover letter to your CV whether it is specified or not. It is the perfect way to reinforce your application as it allows you to expand on some of the things mentioned in your CV. However, it should NOT merely be a CV in paragraph form.

2. Don’t Go Overboard:

Don’t oversell your high school babysitting experience. In fact, anything from high school should probably go.

3. Don’t Try to Hide Gaps:

While it’s okay to glaze over gaps a little (for example, by just using years to show dates of employments instead of months and years), you should never outright lie about them. Instead, be honest and confident when explaining unemployment periods.

Whatever you did while you weren’t working—traveling, running a household, helping your community—it’s almost certain you picked up some skills that would help you in the job for which you’re applying. So mention them!

As career experts, professional CV writers understand what recruit managers are looking for while they’re reading CV.

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