With all this spare time on our hands, this is the perfect time to make sure your CV is as up to date and eye catching to potential new employers as it can be. Project Start have put together the below ‘Top Tips’ of how to make your CV stand out from the rest.

Tip #1: Personal Statement

Always include a short personal statement start the start of your CV. This is seen as in introduction and a great way to summarise and highlight you’re experience in a few sentences.  Remember, make it interesting. This is the first impression a potential new employer will have of you. Summarize your professional experience and key skills, not what you like to do at a weekend.

Tip #2: Qualifications & Training

When out lining your qualifications & training, it is best to do it in chronological date order (newest / most recent first.) Make sure you list all of your professional qualifications and training course, along with the dates they were completed. Furthermore, if any of them have an expiry date, be sure to add that in as well.

Tip #3: Professional Achievements 

Adding in a key achievement section to your CV (underneath all of your qualifications) is a great way to outline what you have achieved professionally, at just a quick glance and having it all in one place makes it nice and easy to read. It is good to include facts and figures in this section, for example, ‘I was responsible for growing profit from £x to £z’ and then expand on that further.

Tip #4: Work Experience

The best tip we can give you on this one, keep your work experience up to date! As an employer looking at a CV, there is nothing worse than is being out of date. The best way to do this is regularly go in and update your CV, with new work experience, adding your qualifications frequently when you complete them etc, rather than sitting and starting from scratch, or updating form 10 years ago.

Always be sure to add in the dates, you position and the company you were/are working for (listing the current at the top again and back down in chronological order.) Underneath each role, add in a paragraph outlining your duties and responsibilities. Describe your professional / technical position in the business, what systems and projects you worked with and what your day to day functions are within that role, there is nothing worse than this being non descriptive.

Tip #5: Finishing of your CV

Finally, it is good to add some reference details at the bottom of your CV. Names, numbers and email address’ or previous employers and personal references are a good way to round of your CV.

Be sure to check out Chloe’s video via our YouTube channel by simply searching ‘Project Start Recruitment’ where she talks about all of the above in much more depth.


Chloe Villis – Senior Recruitment Consultant – 07908 811303