Our Top 10 CV tips

  • Look at our examples to find a structure that you can follow as a template.
  • Think about how you intend to use your CV.
  • Check and recheck your spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Use space: key statements stand out better against a white background.
  • Have a 'profile' of no more than two sentences at the top.
  • Use a simple and professional e-mail address e.g. not
  • Don’t disclose your full postal address on your CV. Just putting your location is fine e.g. Location: Huddersfield
  • Always tailor and customise your CV each time you use it.
  • CV length: two sides of A4 is enough.
  • Use one clear font and don't overuse underline, bold or italic.
  • Keep it well defined with headings and bullet points.
  • Keep the chronology consistent.
  • Put 'references available on request' on your CV. You don’t need to list your references or include their contact information.
  • Watch our video '10 Top Tips for a successful CV' below!

Top 10 CV tips video

Here is a Top 10 CV tips video developed by our Careers Advisers. It builds on the top tips listed above and demonstrates how you should implement those changes.

This video can be adopted for any type of CV, whether you are applying for a part-time role, a placement or a graduate level role. 

Take a look at our guide on CVs for any more support.