Mary Murphy Career Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Cork


When it comes to CV Writing there are few absolutes, as how we communicate is a reflection of our own style, preference and experience. However a good CV is one that is easily understood by the reader, otherwise it’s not effective communication. What I have outlined below are the guidelines and principles I follow in writing CVs. My preference is to keep it simple, clear and professional while providing evidence of ability.

CV Presentation

The most important thing to be aware of is that recruiters are inundated with CVs. First impressions matter. It needs to look attractive and easy to read. If it doesn’t look like an easy, simple read, a recruiter won’t want to go any further. Theses are layout principles I follow:


  • Two pages is standard
  • A font size that is large enough for anyone to read, say 11
  • A balance between text and white space
  • Signposts to highlight the information a recruiter wants to establish in a 20 second glance
  • Chronological order, beginning with most recent experience

  • Content

  • Introduction to the scope of your role in umbrella terms which sets the scene
  • Action statements which demonstrate ability and present a clear insight into your work
  • Give a sense of appealing character traits, attitudes and added value
  • Use of clear, succinct, uncomplicated and accurately descriptive language without jargon

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