How to write a CV

A well written, professional looking CV will help you get a better job and a higher salary. It’s essential that your CV be tailored to the kind of job you’re looking for and should be insightful without being too long. For example, a designer or a developer might want to include a portfolio to show examples of work. A project manager should include details on cost, team size, quality and deliverables, and a business analyst needs a concise, readable document.

When writing your CV, keep in mind that less is more – avoid clutter, tables and over-formatting. The example below is a good start and your consultant will be able to help you tweak.

Keep it brief

Your CV should be no longer than 3 pages and should be punchy and relevant. Detail is required but don’t overdo it, as your prospective employer will only have time to scan the most relevant parts.

Keep it simple

Don’t overcomplicate your CV with jargon.


Your CV should be easy on the eye and easy to read

Spelling and grammar

Spelling and grammar mistakes are careless. Double check your CV, or ask someone else to proof, before sending. Your Initi8 consultant will be more than happy to review it and provide feedback.

Use our specialist knowledge to help improve your CV


Your Name

Address : Street, Town, Postcode.

Email :

Mobile : 07*** *** ***


This is your chance to be creative. A one-paragraph snapshot of you: what you do, where you come from, your personality and work ethic. It should reflect where you are and what you’re doing, for example; “A pragmatic and confident Java developer, with 6 years’ commercial development experience gained whilst working in various industries including healthcare, banking and pharmaceuticals. Experience of working at all levels, gathering requirements and delivering ground breaking solutions.”


This shouldn’t be an essay, just a list of your educational history, including dates, name, type of qualification, subject areas and grades.

1991- 1995 Mytown University BSc Computing 2.1
1989- 1991 Sometown 6th Form A levels Maths-A, English-B, Physics-C
1987-1989 Mytown comprehensive O’levels 8 A-C grades

Career History

(Reverse chronological order)

2003 – present Company name Job title

In this section, explain what you have been doing in your role and your key responsibilities. Use action words and pick out aspects of this role that relate best to one you’re applying for. Start with your most recent role in this organisation and make a new section below for your previous role.

Arrange your achievement with bullet points and, most importantly, give examples so that your achievements have context. This is a good place to get your technical skills across and showcase your biggest and best projects.

1999 – 2003 Last company Previous role

As this role was further in the past, don’t use so much detail. The further back, the less detail you provide. Still use the bullet points to present your biggest and best projects though. Other technologies can be added in context as well.

Repeat this process until you reach the beginning of your career history.

Professional qualifications

Date, Qualification, Company

Add relevant courses you’ve taken that show that you’re an expert in your field. Qualifications that are relevant to the role are most impressive.

Interests / achievements

Whilst brevity is preferred, keep in mind that these are discussion points for interview so ensure you convey a sense of enthusiasm.

Skills matrix

If you need to provide a skills matrix, listing your technical skills and the amount of experience you have goes here.