Foolproof CV Tips to help you stand out from the crowd!


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So you’ve been on holiday, you’re back and refreshed and you’ve decided now is the time to find a new challenge. The first logical place to start is getting that CV up to scratch.

But how should it look? What should & shouldn’t be included? Here’s our latest advice on how to make sure your CV gets noticed:


  • Check for spelling & grammar mistakes. Small ‘i’s are a particular no-no!
  • Start your career history with your most recent job at the top
  • Keep the formatting neat and tidy
  • Use bullet points to outline your key skills and duties, making it easy for a recruiter to scan through and pick out what they are looking for quickly
  • Highlight your achievements & successes
  • Include both month AND year for all jobs & education


  • Speak in the third person
  • Do not add a photo of yourself. A recent survey found 88% of CVs with a photo were discarded by recruiters
  • Include big blocks of text, recruiters just aren’t going to read it!
  • Leave gaps in career history
  • Use an unprofessional e-mail address. 78% of recruiters discard CVs with one!
  • Undersell yourself. Really emphasise your relevant skills, experience and SUCCESS

Prospect Personnel are a recruitment agency in Banbury. We deal with permanent part & full-time jobs in Banbury and the surrounding area. Please give us a call on 01295 817669 to see how we can help you with your job search.