Composing the Perfect CV

As a retired police officer, finding new work can be a bit of an ordeal and may seem daunting. For many, it could be decades since they last updated their CV or applied for jobs.

Here is a quick and handy guide to starting your CV and knowing what it should be included and how to make it stand out and appeal to potential hiring managers.

1. Create a professional layout

This can be done manually or through using an automated system to generate your CV. On our website, we provide multiple online templates that are easy to download and personalise. This is a quick and effective way of ensuring your CV looks professional and includes all the relevant information.

Alternatively, you could create your own CV from scratch. This means your CV will be truly personal and you will have complete control over its appearance. For those hoping to do this we have composed a simple list of what to include:

2. Including the right information

It is important that you include all the information an employer is looking for in your CV. If you miss something vital, this could be detrimental to your career opportunities.

Your CV should include:

  • Personal statement
  • Education history
  • Employment history
  • Skills and achievements
  • Interests and hobbies
  • References

Ideally it would be presented in the following order, with all past experiences organised with the most recent first. Including references is an option, if you would rather simply write: References available on request at the bottom of their CV. This is a perfectly acceptable alternative.

3. Content

Your CV is a chance to promote your skills, experience and knowledge. However, it is important to keep in mind that your CV’s main purpose is to secure you an interview. Each CV should be tailored to each specific role. To ensure the information being included is relevant you should know what the job entails; breaking it down into key competencies and referencing these throughout your CV.

Top content tips:

  • Keep to the point
  • Highlight achievements and successes, rather than tasks and duties
  • Avoid spelling mistakes - get a friend to check it over
  • State your reason for leaving in a section beneath each particular job and ensure the reason is positive e.g. to progress my career
  • Stick to two pages only
  • Don’t miss important information, such breaks in employment history and your contact details
  • Your interests, personal hobbies and preferences should be kept to a minimum

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