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10 Top Tips for writing a stand out CV

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You know the feeling. You have seen your dream job advertised and feel the excitement rising. Not only do you know that you are perfectly skilled and qualified and a great match for the job description but this post could turn your life around.  There’s just one problem; you know that your CV is not up to scratch and without a stand out CV, you have little chance of even being selected for an interview.

10 Top Tips for writing a stand out CV CMD Recruitment

Help is at hand

But you can turn things around. By working on your CV in the right way, you can get ahead of the crowd and the other job seekers, all vying for the same role. By taking note of our CV advice, you can get your CV noticed. It’s not that hard once you know the rules to follow. Simply focus on your experience and skills and tailor them to match the criteria of the job you are applying for.

10 Top Tips for writing a stand out CV CMD Recruitment

Our CV top tips

1. Keep it Concise

Your CV should be no more than two pages long. Ensure you include only relevant information that will impress the recruiter.

2. Use Bullet Points

Bullet points help make your CV easy to read, and it allows recruiters to scan through your CV quickly.

3. Tailor Your CV

Tailor your CV to the specific job you are applying for, highlighting your relevant experience and skills.

4. Use Power Words

Using power words like “achieved,” “managed,” and “developed” help demonstrate your accomplishments and highlight your experience.

5. Use White Space

Using white space in your CV can make it easier to read and give it a clean and professional look.

6. Keep it Professional

Ensure that your CV is professional in tone and appearance. Avoid using informal language or including irrelevant information.

7. Highlight Your Achievements

Use your CV to highlight your achievements and accomplishments, rather than just listing your responsibilities.

8. Include Relevant Keywords

Include relevant keywords that will catch the recruiter’s attention and ensure your CV is picked up by applicant tracking systems.

9. Include Contact Information

Include your contact information, including your name, email, and phone number, to ensure recruiters can get in touch with you easily.

10. Proofread

Proofread your CV carefully to ensure there are no errors or typos that could make you appear careless or unprofessional.


Creating a standout CV can be a daunting task, but by following these ten top tips, you can ensure that your CV grabs the recruiter’s attention and helps you stand out from the crowd. Remember to keep it concise, tailor it to the job you’re applying for, and use power words and relevant keywords to highlight your achievements and experience. With a little effort and attention to detail, you can create a CV that will help you land your dream job.

Mission accomplished

And there we have it. Take note of these ten tips and at least your CV will get a look in. When competition for jobs is so rife, you need to make sure that you give yourself a fair chance. There is only one person that can do what is required to make the grade and that person is you. If you are struggling to put the basics of a CV together, get a professional to do it for you or use one of the many templates available online. You will also find plenty of free advice on our Blog page. Once the CV is ready to send, get a third party to look it over in case there are any glaring errors you have missed. Even the best proofreaders can omit seeing things that may be wrong.

Talk to us

Producing a stand out CV is essential if you are going to progress well in your chosen career. The team at CMD are always here to help so contact us if you need to talk things through or get some professional advice. You will find our team incredibly helpful, expert at what we do and ready to go the extra mile to help you secure that dream job. Pick up the phone and talk to us today.