Here at The Candidate, we collectively see hundreds of CV’s a week, and one thing we always notice is how creative they can be. Candidates are increasingly thinking of new ways of formulating CV's in order to "stand out from the crowd." This can include a cute selfie with their dog or creating cute graphs showing your skill levels. However, pushing creativity too far can be disastrous and they end up making your CV look childish and unprofessional.



  • Education- again in chronological order, starting with any relevant professional qualifications - i.e. CIM. Highlight your dissertation if relevant to the role- although this tends to be more prevalent for graduates. You are not required to list every grade for A levels and GCSEs - simply the number of grades A-C.
  • Interests? Yes- they should be on there - this sets you out from the crowd or when there is a shortlist scenario - Try and avoid saying socialising with friends, playing football, going to the cinema - tell them where you like going, what team you support or what the last film you watched was. Interesting interests always stand out - i.e. - sword swallowing, log fluming, rock climbing. However, do not lie.

Don’t rush your CV, ensure you time to think through how you can portray yourself in the best light.

Get someone to proofread your CV too – you don’t want grammatical errors.

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