The Write Way to Get a Job: the ideal structure for your CV-résumé

The write way to get a jobIt’s increasingly hard to get a job – and a good one – these days, and although there is a lot to consider when you’re looking to get a job, effective business writing plays a major part in helping you succeed. In this article, HTWB columnist Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential shows you the ideal structure for your CV…here’s Lynn!

Before you start deciding on WHAT to include in your CV/résumé it’s essential that you first know how to structure it.

Here, then, is a skeleton outline of how to put your CV/résumé together, before you start filling in the various different sections.

Emily Jones
Telephone number                                      E-mail address


(A statement of the proposed outcome of your job search. This could also be entitled background summary – this should support your objective by stating why you can do what your objective states you want to do.)


(This deals with achievements or professional accomplishments  – the purpose of this section is to present results, which further support the strengths cited in the objective.)


Job title                Company employed at                Dates of employment
(One or two lines to give a brief overview of the company and department you worked for. This puts your role in context. Outline your main responsibilities giving examples of achievements that support the objective in bullet point format)

* Responsible for day-to-day running of ______________

* Completed ____________

* Recommended ______________

Job title                Company employed at                Dates of employment
(Etc. – continue this format for each of your positions, starting with the most recent.)


(Start with your highest qualification in the following format:)
HND Marketing and Communications          Kingston College, Surrey      1993
A Levels:  History, English, French                 St. Mary’s School, Uxbridge  1991

Personal Details

(In this section you can include personal details including language skills, professional memberships etc.)


The write way to get a job

Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential

Watch out for Lynn’s tips next week, on how to fill in these sections. In the meantime, you could be thinking about what you could include here in your new CV/résumé!

Now: let’s make sure  you get that job…

“Get That Job” by Lynn Tulip … The art of successful job hunting (print, Kindle)

“Can’t Get That Job?” by Lynn Tulip … Seven killer CV mistakes that destroy your chance of job success (print, Kindle)

“How To Write About Yourself” by Suzan St Maur … how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write (PDF download)