• Use a confident tone and positive language
  • Concentrate on your achievements not your responsibilities. This means listing things you have done - such as products launched, sales increase, awards won - not rewriting your job description.
  • Quote figures whenever possible
  • Make your most relevant experience and skills prominent to encourage the employer to read on
  • Keep it to the point and concentrate on the quality of your achievements, not the quantity
  • List other skills that could raise you above the competition such as languages and IT skills
  • Your CV can be far longer than the normal 2 pages of a non academic CV but your first page should include all the best bits
    Check thoroughly for correct spelling and grammar - spotting errors is a quick and easy way of weeding out weaker candidates when faced with a mountain of CVs to read
  • Appeal to your online audience, ensure you have relevant keywords in your CV
  • Capture immediate attention, Prioritise the content and detail the most relevant information first. 
  • Make sure that you include all Education and prizes awarded, research interest, funding awarded for research projects, other research experience and your publications.