• Rebecca Laidlaw

How to write a tailored CV

Your CV should not be a one and done experience. It will grow with you, requires constant updating with your latest duties, workplace, and courses you are undertaking. To start what sections should you have in your CV - a simple guide for when your feeling like this! (see below)

Your Personal details:

Typically your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Dependent on the role, your social media information may also provide value here.

Personal/professional statement:

Highlighting the qualities that you have and an overview of your experience.

Key Skills:

Highlight skills that you have developed and give a specific example of a time when you used that skill.

Employment History:

Where you worked and the duties you held there as an employee. Bullet points are a smart way to go on this one when describing your role in each workplace. Your CV only has to be backdated by 15 years unless there was a role you had in the past that you feel has particular relevance to this post.


School/College/University qualifications. Only if necessary - follows the same 15-year rule as above.


Any courses that you have completed. Don't forget to add the date of completion.


This is actually an important section and one that many do not see the value of. This is WHO you are! Employers will make assumptions based on what you spend your free time doing and use it as a gauge of team fit too.

Highlight that: References are available on request

Saving space in your CV and giving you time to contact references.

How to tailor your CV - 3 ways:

The job advert

  • Use the language that they give you in the job advert. If the company are looking for "an enthusiastic and reliable team player" then tell them that you are an enthusiastic and reliable team player in your personal/professional profile

  • If the advert is looking for specific skills then add them to your key skills

  • It is not cheating, it is giving them what they want

The job itself

  • What are the qualities and skills needed for the job? Research other job adverts and use skills that keep coming up

  • Do you have outside interests linked to that job? Example: interest in Construction and like DIY in your spare time

Insider information

  • Do you know someone who does the job already?

  • Do you know someone who works for the company you are applying to?

  • Can you have a call or go in for an informal chat?

  • This information you can use for your CV to stand out. For everyone out there thinking you cannot do the above, you can always ask. As we say in my family "Shy weans git nae sweeties"

  • Literal translation: Shy children don't get any sweets

  • Meaning: You don't ask, you don't get

Now go forth, dear human, you have everything you need! Brave the World of Work with your badass CV in hand (or in e-mail).

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