When writing your CV, remember that this is your "sales document". This is the product that
will get you selected to the short list for the job of your dreams. However, as you'll want
us to represent you in the best possible light, here are some tips which will help ensure that
Always tell the truth
Honesty is always the best policy. Successful recruiting demands integrity on your part as
well as ours. Don't ever risk exposing yourself by embellishing, exaggerating or lying on
Use active tenses instead of the past tense. For example, not only is 'I designed' a more
dynamic way to outline skills and achievements, it's also a lot shorter than, 'I was given
the responsibility for designing…'
Try using succinct bullet points instead of paragraphs full of long sentences. Quicker for
you to construct; easier for everyone to read.
Think summaries. Imagine you've got 15 seconds in an elevator to give a brief snapshot of you.
Those few sentences (e.g. 'I've been the chief executive at two of the world's leading banks
in Hong Kong & the US over the last 18 years. I'm now looking for a rewarding position as
Governor of the Bank of England') become your profile and should be right at the top of your
CV after your personal details. Within the text of your CV think about your achievements.
Stay in the 'elevator' and think brevity. List benefits that you provided; quantifiable and
measurable things you've done that saved time or money, won new or developed existing
business, etc. If you're a graduate, think outside the box. Take into account voluntary
work, leisure activities and your personal life, as well as work experience. Combine this
with your responsibilities, skills and expertise. Include explanations of gaps between
positions too. Demonstrate that you have the skills to perform in the position(s) you're
interested in. Graduates: again, use whatever's in your locker that's relevant. That's three
key elements: who you are, what you can do and how you get it done.
Include full details of your academic achievements including examinations taken and results,
place and date of studies. Employers are interested in this information - it enables them to
assess whether you have performed to your full potential.
Make sure they cover your last three jobs, your last five years of work experience, and/or
have available written reference letters on work you've gleaned abroad. We will always
check with you first before approaching them.
Always use a word processor to construct your CV. Include a header or footer on the second
page detailing your name in case the pages should ever get separated. Should you ever leave
behind a hard copy of your CV, avoid dark colours on a patterned paper, or elaborate bindings
- both of which can hinder photocopying. Do not forget to keep a copy of the CV you've
sent us! If you customise your resumés, this will be especially important.