The British CV is different to the Aussie format. A good recruiter will help you make tweaks to your CV so that you're in the best position to get the role you're after, however a solid foundation is important. Monster is a careers website here in the UK, they offer the following tips for making a British CV:
- Stand out. Your CV should demonstrate your unique blend of skills and experience. Make sure you include examples of commercial success, problem resolution or management achievements.
- Keep it simple. Your choice of font and layout are key to making sure a would-be employer carries on reading your CV. Simple formats work best.
- Don‘t be generic. Work out who or which industry sector your CV is destined for and tailor it to highlight the right aspects of your experience for them.
- Check and check again. Avoid errors at all costs. This means spelling mistakes, dates which conflict with one another and incorrect email address and phone number.
- Update. Firing off an old CV will look unprofessional, so make sure that yours is regularly updated to meet the requirements of any jobs you see advertised.
- Use a template. By following a CV template you are not restricting the way in which you can express yourself, but you will find that your CV becomes easier to read and covers all the most important aspects of your work history.
We've looked at various templates and included three below for you as an example/starting point: