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  • Making a good first impression counts, and that often starts with your CV. With an average of 250 CVs sent in for every job posting, it’s important your application is memorable. ​

  • Update and improve your CV

    At Search, we work with 6,000+ businesses across the UK and have uncovered what makes a great CV in today’s job market.


    Ensure it’s easy to read 

    Recruiters and hiring managers are often busy and have hundreds of CVs to filter through. Stick to a simple and consistent design that incorporates the following:

    • Headings, subheadings and bullet points to format sections
    • Lighter and darker tones to emphasise important information
    • Infographics or charts to demonstrate experience or performance (if appropriate for your industry)
    • Columns to help make content more digestible
    • Focus on your key skills - look at the job description for the skills an employer is looking for, and add bullet points in your experience which show how you meet them.

    Write a tailored personal statement

    Go beyond your experience. Do some research into what a business stands for and how it operates, and tell them how you’re a great cultural fit.

    Add keywords to your CV

    Job boards, recruiters and hiring managers use keyword screening tools to identify relevant candidates. Research which ones are most relevant to the job you are applying for and incorporate them into your CV, applications and cover letters.


    Look at the language a company uses

    Study their tone of voice, goals and values, then weave elements into your CV.


    Use a colour scheme that reflects your industry

    For professional services, stick to a dark or muted colour scheme. Whereas, for a technology or creative industry, show your personality with perhaps a more colourful palette.


    In this article Jonathan Javier, who previously worked for Google, breaks down his CV step-by-step and shares some useful tips on what makes a good resume.

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    Chronological CV


    One of the most popular CVs, it showcases your recent work experience, education and achievements.

    Who is it for?

    A chronological CV is best suited if you:

    • Have the skills and experience that correlate to the job you’re applying for
    • Have little to no employment gaps
    • Want to highlight your career progression

    How to structure it

    1. Personal details
    2. Profile summary
    3. Professional experience
    4. Education
    5. Awards and achievements
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    Functional or skills-based CV


    This type of CV is a great choice if you:

    • Have limited professional experience e.g., if you’re a school leaver or university graduate
    • Are changing careers and want to demonstrate the transferable skills you have
    • Have long employment gaps

    How to structure it

    1. Personal details
    2. Profile summary
    3. Skills
    4. Professional experience
    5. Education
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    Combination CV


    As the name suggests, this is a mix of an experience-based chronological and a skills-focused functional CV. It emphasises your abilities, accomplishments and work history.

    Who is it for?

    A combination CV might be for you if you’re:

    • 1-3 years into your career
    • A graduate with limited work experience
    • Looking to change careers

    How to structure it

    1. Skills
    2. Personal details
    3. Profile summary
    4. Professional experience
    5. Education
    6. Awards and achievements
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    Unsure which CV style to use? 


    Get in touch with one of our specialist recruitment consultants today. They will advise you how to tailor and structure your CV, as well as support your job search.