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3 October 2021

Writing a strong CV

When writing a strong CV for an application, attention to detail is key!

When applying for a role, you should include as much relevant information as possible on your CV, including key skills and knowledge, duties performed for the relevant role, systems used, therapy areas worked in, codes worked to etc.

Your CV won’t always end up direct in the hiring managers lap, so you need to include as much relevant information as possible, as CVs can sometimes be overlooked by someone that doesn’t necessarily understand the role you have applied for.

When you receive a job description from an agency and wish to apply for the role, you should tailor your CV to the job description to showcase your experience – don’t assume the person looking at the CV will believe you have certain experience if it isn’t specifically stated on your CV. If the job description uses abbreviations or key words that you understand and are relevant to your experience, make sure it’s on your CV. If the role is working within a particular therapy area or brand and you have relevant experience, make sure it’s on there. If you have used a particular system as part of your role or worked to a specific code of conduct, make sure it’s on the CV – never assume that the person looking at the CV will make that assumption for you.

Some agencies will tell you to keep your CV to 2 pages and no more and whilst this could be the case if you have worked at the same company or within the same job role for a long time and your experience has been similar in each position, its always worth including relevant information under each job it was applicable to. Some people will write a summary of their experience on their CV and then simply list the roles they have worked in with no further info, but this doesn’t necessarily reflect what experience you had and when – we might all have experience in a certain area but if it hasn’t been recent and we aren’t up to date on the knowledge, adding it to a summary rather than where it was applicable can bring up issues during interview questioning.

A strong CV should clearly state a summary or profile which says a little about the person and their experience. A short list of key skills and experience. Clear educational background and grades and a full working history with the most recent role first, company names, job titles and dates worked as well as relevant duties performed under each role. Therapy area knowledge, systems used and codes worked to should feature on the CV, particularly if this is a requirement of the job description.

And remember, when your CV is complete, don’t forget to proofread for spelling and grammatical errors, particularly if you are spelling words in capital letters on your CV – it’s no good saying you have great attention to detail if there are errors in the writing of your CV!