How to Write a CV/Resume That Stands Out

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

This has been designed to help you put together a clear, compelling CV/resume (which we will refer to as a CV in this guide). It’s informed by our experience (we’ve seen a lot of over the years), by feedback from our clients, and by best-practice guidelines.


A CV is a written summary of your professional experiences, skills and education. It exists to help employers select candidates throughout the recruitment process. The employer is your customer; you have a limited window of opportunity to get their attention, so your CV has to work as hard as it possibly can to sell you – and to get their attention as quickly as possible.

Is there a “right way” to do it?

There are as many different ways of writing and laying out a CV as there are candidates (and almost as many resources online to tell you the ‘right’ way to do it). But whichever layout template you use, there are some broad rules that we believe apply to everyone. We’ve summarized them briefly below, and in more detail later on in this document.