Top 10 Tips for CVs

At Creative Resource we’ve seen thousands upon thousands of CVs over the years. And as one of the UK’s top creative recruitment agency’s, we wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t hand out to you our top 10 CV writing tips! And with many people updating their CVs at the moment thanks to that damn Covid-19 thing, we thought we’d help by listing these below!

  1. Relevance. Most important for me is think about what information is relevant for the job you are applying for and focus on that. This is a great point to think about when reviewing your CV, especially when you’re worrying about the length, constantly ask yourself that question, is this information going to increase my chances for the role I’m applying for?
  2. 7 Seconds. You have around 7 seconds to get the attention of the reader (, so get your most relevant information right at the top of Page 1. Catch their eye in those 7 seconds and they’ll read on.
  3. Quantify. By quantifying your work you provide the real evidence of your achievements, so add details, facts and stats, e.g. ‘Increased website traffic and online sales by 400% and 250% respectively.’
  4. Contact Details. Make sure you add all the relevant details to easily get hold of you. Include your Name, Email Address, Mobile Number and don’t forget to add your Location – many recruiters, both agency and in-house, use location based searches to find the perfect candidate.
  5. Grammar and Spelling. Check, check and check again! There is nothing worse than a CV with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. We’re not all naturally great at this but utilise spell checker, and get someone else to have a read of it to make sure that it makes sense and reads well.
  6. Interests. Try adding different interests to your CV, e.g. ‘Huge Star Wars fan, passionate about gourmet cooking, season ticket holder at Anfield, etc.’. You may find your interviewer also shares an interest in ‘The Force’ so be prepared to discuss them in an interview.
  7. Keywords. If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you or you want them to find you on LinkedIn, keywords are very important. Job titles and job specific keywords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile so make sure you include them in your CV where appropriate.
  8. You. Add some personality into your CV! A black and white CV in Times New Roman with no thought, flair or creativity won’t wash, make sure that yours is one that stands out.
  9. Master Copy. Always have a master copy of your CV that you can adapt for different applications. Always adapt your CV to the particular role you are applying for.
  10. Personal Summary. This is usually the first thing people read on a CV, the bit about YOU and it might be the only thing they glance at in the 7 seconds mentioned above! Think of this as an opportunity to summarise, and show off your skills and experience, and grab their attention, ie. 5 years’ experience as a Designer in an agency setting.

Everyone here at Creative Resource hope these top 10 CV writing tips help. If you have any questions about your CV, or want any more CV writing tips, then simply get in touch! We’re always happy to help.


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