What does a good CV look like?

Author James Brewster
November 12, 2021

What does a good CV look like?

A good CV provides clear and concise information about you and your achievements to date. The objective of your CV is to help you stand out from the crowd and gain you an interview either with a potential employer or a recruitment consultant. It should therefore create a positive impression about you in the mind of the interviewer before you meet.

It is a good idea to split your CV into four sections: personal information, qualifications, employment history and interests. For your downloadable CV template please complete the form below. 

CV presentation tips:

  • Restrict the length preferably to three pages, four at most.
  • Remember that the only supporting documentation required initially is an academic transcript for non-UK qualified candidates.
  • Keep lots of white space around the edges of the text making it clear and readable.
  • Limit each text block to no more than six lines (3-4 is better).
  • Make headings clear and consistent.
  • Use bullet points where possible.
  • Include your name on each page, and number all pages.
  • Make sure all events are dated, including qualifications and employment with both month and year.
  • Make sure there are no gaps in the dates – if there are, provide an explanation.

A good CV should always be professional, business-like, and easy to read, focusing on your key achievements. 


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