What does a good CV look like?

Giulia Natale Career Advice

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 it to one-two pages depending on your seniority. If you are a NQ lawyer to 5 PQE it is preferable to keep it to one page. If you have a more senior role, aim to keep it less than two pages.
  • Limit each text block to no more than six lines (3-4 is better).
  • At the beginning of your CV add a brief paragraph (of around 3-4 lines ) with your main skills, highlights and relevant experience
  • 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.
  • Always double-check and read your CV with high attention to detail once it’s finished to avoid typos.

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

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