Writing a CV – Questions and Answers



For some CV writing is a big barrier to gaining employment and I would add once you know who to “sell” yourself on your CV you will soon see an increase in the amount of job interview you receive.We are often asked questions from our members on CV writing and how to prepare your CV; you will also find Employment King awarded “best Answer” on Yahoo questions from yahoo users asking questions on CV writing.

We have put together a list of the most common asked CV writing questions and answers. A CV is an employer’s window into your life, you need your CV to stand out and represent you in the positive of ways. Employment King will offer a FREE CV REVIEW to anyone who reads this article, e-mail your CV to info@employmentking.co.uk

Most Common asked CV writing questions and answers

How many pages should my CV be on?

Employers often tell us that they only want to see one or two page CVs; your CV should be short and to the point, highlighting your relevant skills and qualities needed for the position you are applying for.

Do I need to send a covering letter with my CV?

We completed a piece of research earlier this year on sending covering letters with CVs, many employers said they expect a covering letter and some employers confirmed that they do not even look at CVs that are sent with out a covering letter.

 Should I record the education section near the top of the CV?

If you have recently completed your education especially when you have received a qualification needed for your job sector, then record this near the top of your CV (just under the personal profile section) as this is your main selling point, often graduate schemes recruit people with certain qualifications.

Do I need to add a career objective on my CV?

No, as your covering letter explains the position you are applying, you do need to target your CV to the position you are applying for.

Should I add references?

You can record “References available on request” as this will save space and you will be informed when the recruiter is requiring your references, this way you can inform your referees and give them a “heads-up”

What headings should be on my CV?

Contact details, personal profile, employment history, qualifications, hobbies and interests and references

How do I get a job with my CV?

The most useful of questions; first think about the job role, the employer and the skills and qualities needed for this position. If you were the employer what type of person would you need for this role? What qualities, skills and experiences would you be looking for? Once you know this (clues can be found in the job advert and on the job specification) you can target each CV to each job role giving you a higher then double the chance of securing a job interview.


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