11 Crucial CV Questions Answered

By Andrew Fennell

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If you want to write a strong CV, then you will probably have a number of burning questions.

How long should a CV be?

What should I include?

What do employers want to see?

So StandOut CV have created this handy infographic to answer the 11 most important CV questions.

How long should a CV be?

Try to fit your CV on to 2 pages of A4 in order to explain your value to employers without boring them.

What do employers want to see in your CV?

Employers are mainly looking for your ability to do the job you are applying for, so ensure that you research your target roles and discover the exact skills they are looking for.

What font should I use?

Your CV needs to be easy to read and look professional, so use a clean and simple font and avoid anything too elaborate.

Should I add a photograph?

Employers don’t base recruitment decisions on looks, so there’s no need to include a photograph in your CV.

Do I include ALL of my experience?

You should include all of your experience but your older roles can be summarised to just a line or two in order to save space.

Should I have my DOB on my CV?

Recruiters do not need to know your age. They are only interested in whether or not you have the skills and knowledge to perform their job.

What should I do about employment gaps?

Long gaps in your employment should be explained for transparency but try to give positive reasons such as travelling, study or volunteering.

Should I include hobbies?

Hobbies are optional, so only add them if they are related to the jobs you are applying for.

Should I send my CV with a cover letter?

You need to convince employers to open your CV, so send a short compelling cover note that explains why you are a good fit for the role.

Should I include reference details?

Employers will not contact your referees until an offer has been made, so you do not need to include their details in your CV.

What if I have no work experience?

If you don’t have the experience that your target employers are looking for, focus on highlighting relevant skills from other areas such as your education, training or voluntary work.

11 CV Questions

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