How To Write A CV – Do’s and Don’ts!

Do you know what to put on your CV? Exactly how much detail you need or what font to choose? Writing a CV can be difficult, especially if you haven’t made one in a while. With over 240 accumulative years of experience, our expert automotive recruitment consultants have the skills to rework your CV for you into a modern, professional summary of your abilities and employment history. AKA what a great CV looks like!

While it might be tempting to use an expensive CV writing service, there is no need when you know these Do’s and Don’ts to writing a professional CV.

Here are a few of our CV writing tips on what to put on a CV.

• Don’t: include made up qualifications, skills, or jobs. Although CV’s are a great place to point out your amazing automotive experience and talk up your awesome skills, make sure that you never lie. And there’s no need to include references on your CV. These will be requested later in the process. You don’t want another company calling your current manager to discuss your application – especially if you haven’t told your current boss that you’re thinking of leaving.

• Do: include your job history, education, and qualifications. Explain a little about what you did in each role, and talk positively about what you now know.

• Don’t: write your experiences in an unusual order, like alphabetically or by the star signs of your bosses.

• Do: write your CV in “reverse chronological order” which means starting with your most recent job, and then the job before that, then the job before that. It would be like saying “I just had lunch, and before that I was having breakfast.”

• Don’t: use a silly email address. Your CV contact details should contain no vulgarity or jokes and must be easy to read. You don’t want someone to be put off by an immature phrase, a silly fake middle name, or to even accidently misread your complicated email address and be unable to contact you!

• Do: include your name, professional email address, up to date phone number, and your general location only. You do not need to put a photograph on your application: when you do this, you might get turned down for an interview because the employer could make assumptions based on how you look.

• Don’t: change font, text size, and text colour every other sentence. Use a simple, left-to-right and top-to-bottom lay out, and avoid quirky side-ways text when the employer will have to turn their head to read what you’ve written.

• Do: be consistent. Pick an easy to read, standard font like Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri.

At Perfect Placement, we receive and improve CVs everyday – and we only ever send your excellent, revamped CV to the automotive vacancies you are interested in. We know how to make your CV a joy to read, ensuring employers see you in the best light.

So, Do pick up the phone to call us on 01603 701 077 and Don’t delay, because our multi-award winning automotive recruitment team are available now to help you secure your dream job.


This blog was first published in November 2018 for Perfect Placement, an automotive recruitment company based in Norwich.

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