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CV Writing Tips

A well-written CV will significantly boost your chances of winning the role.

“A curriculum vitae (CV), provides an overview of a person's experience and other qualifications.... a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment”. Extracted from Wikipedia

Is your CV up-to-date?

Make sure the information on your CV is up-to-date, clear and concise. It is good practice to update your CV even when you aren’t looking for a new role. You never know when a new opportunity might arise; CVs aren’t just used to find work, use it to update your social profile. Now is a better time than any, you don’t know what your circumstances might be like tomorrow.


Contents of CV to include:

  • Contact Details

  • Personal Statement

  • Skills Summary

  • Employment History

  • Qualifications / Education

  • Hobbies & Interests


  • Full Name and Surname

  • Address inc. postcode

  • Contact telephone numbers

  • Email address

  • [URLs to LinkedIn Profile, Twitter, Github / Stack Overflow, Portfolio]


  • High-Level Summary

  • Opportunity to differentiate

  • Provides a snapshot of you as a candidate

  • Generally written in 1st or 3rd person

  • Approximately 3 / 4 lines – 200 words

  • Don't be too specific with your requirements


  • Technical Overview

  • Matrix vs. Free Text

  • Primary & Secondary

  • Be realistic and honest

Skills Matrix


Last Used

Skills Level

(out of  5)

Years’ Experience





SQL 2008





  • Databases - 15 Years – Design, administration, connectivity, tuning, replication.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (18 months), 2005. 2.5 years. SQL Server 2000 4 years. Transact SQL, SMO, SSIS, SSRS some SSAS. Clustered environment.

  • Performance Tuning. 3.5 Years including database performance tuning.


  • Job Title

  • Dates (month & year)

  • Achievements

  • Project Summary – Product, Technology, Complexity,  Level of Responsibility

  • Your individual contribution – ‘I’ not ‘we’

ABC Software Ltd, Southampton – February 2012 - Present

Mar 2018 – Present                         Senior C# Developer
[input text regarding role and responsibilities]

June 2015 – Feb 2018                     Software Developer
[input text regarding role and responsibilities]

Feb 2012 – June 2015                     Graduate Software Developer
[input text regarding role and responsibilities]

Include name of institutions, dates and grades where possible.

•       Education
–      Degree, A-Levels, GCSE’s

•       Professional Qualifications
–      MCDBA

•       Professional Courses
–      UML

•       Publications

•       Self-Study – books etc.


  • Short paragraph summary

  • E.g. Reading, family time, travelling around the UK, sailing

  • Include IT Related Hobbies

  • Active Member of Developer South Coast and Southampton Data Platform & Cloud User Group

Once your CV is ready, don’t forget to put it to good use – send it to or use our Quick CV Drop.