How to write a CV


Remember that your CV is marketing you when selecting its content

Tailoring your CV for your application to PwC will improve the impression you give.

Remember, when we review your CV we will be considering you for not only the role to which you have applied but, also, the firm as a whole. Reflect on how you can make a contribution to the firm in the short- and long-term, and demonstrate your commitment to doing so.

Your CV is used to show us that you have the right experience (not just paid work experience) and the ability to perform. It should highlight that you have the right skills for a job role, as well as detail your motivation to succeed and why you are the type of employee we are looking to recruit for that particular job.

 


What information should a CV include?

A good CV should include information under the headings below. The order in which you present these can be varied slightly and you should be willing to tailor your CV to promote your suitability for any particular application, according to the description/specifications of the particular job.

  • Do set out your contact details clearly and visibly such as phone numbers and e-mail address (make sure this is an appropriate one)
  • Do use these at the beginning of the CV but avoid superfluous details (such as religious affiliation, children's names and so on)
  • Do include a personal statement as this is important and useful part of your CV because it highlights you as a candidate and why you are different from the rest
  • Do list your education (school/college/university) and qualifications, highlighting the dates and where you attended (go in reverse date order but not as far back as primary school)
  • Do list any achievements (certificates) that are relevant to the job for which you are applying
  • If you have them, include your grades – put ‘grades pending’ and the likely date if you are yet to take your exams or receive your results
  • Do stick to key highlights that can show you in the best light
  • Do ensure this is clear and concise
  • Don’t put anything and everything here
  • Do list your most recent job, work experience or voluntary work first and work your way back
  • Don’t forget to list your main responsibilities, your job title and the dates you were employed
  • Do make sure that the dates all match up; this is something that we will look at and, if there are gaps, make sure you can explain them
  • Do use a bullet point format and make each point clear and concise
  • Don't write your work experience in paragraphs
  • Don't include excessive detail that is not directly relevant to your application
  • Don’t make up tasks to make yourself look better, be honest
  • Do include computer skills and genuine foreign language skills
  • Do include any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role to which you have applied
  • Do include hobbies and interest, but keep this section short
  • Do state that references are 'available on request'

General Tips
  • Remember, your CV is essentially marketing you. Bear this in mind when choosing the information you include.
  • Use simple, plain and positive English/Greek with clear and concise content.
  • Your CV should be a maximum of two pages long. A potential employer doesn’t want pages of information about you. Make sure you put the important things right at the beginning.
  • Double check the entire CV carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes and to ensure that each point makes sense.
  • Be consistent. Decide on a font, style and layout and stick to it. A CV looks more professional and is easier to navigate if it is standardised throughout.
  • Be relevant. Keep your desired job in mind and try to relate to it where possible. Waffling for hours about irrelevant things will just bore the reader.
  • Although it may be tempting to make alterations to grades or lie about achievements it is important that all information is 100% accurate.

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