Helpful Tips and Tricks to make your CV Standout

At The Success Group, we want to give you the best tips and tricks there are to creating a standout CV.

Below are some useful tips to keep in mind when writing your CV to ensure you have the best possibility of finding your next position.

Make your CV easy to read:

•Use a black, easy-to-read font in one size
•Use short sentences and break up blocks of text
•Use bullet points to list information
•Keep the tone formal
•Avoid abbreviations, slang or jargon
•Avoid photos or images
•Have strong headings and lots of white space
•Keep your CV to two pages

What to put in your CV:

A CV must include:
•Your name and contact details
•Technical and personal skills
•Work, and community and volunteer experience
•Qualifications and education
•Referees (you can include referees or note that referees are available on request).

A CV could also include:

•An objective and personal statement
•Job-specific information

Make sure that:

•Your email address is work-appropriate, for example, [email protected]
•Your phone voicemail message only gives your name and a request to leave a message
•Work history and work or volunteer experience
•List your most recent jobs or work and volunteer experience first. Your work history needs to include:
• The name of the employer
• The job title/role
• Where the job was located
• Start date and end date

Beneath this, list the tasks you performed. Also list any achievements. If you change jobs in the same organisation, include both job titles/roles.

You don't need to list all your work history – keep your CV short.
•List your qualifications or education in the qualifications section of your CV. You can include:
• NCEA levels or other school qualifications
• School subjects with grades
• Certificates, diplomas or degrees
• Micro-credentials and short work-related courses
• Work-based training
• Professional development courses, conferences and workshops
• Online courses.


Referees talk to employers about your skills, work history and personality.
You need at least two referees. One referee should be your current manager, team leader or work experience supervisor.
Other referees could be a:
• Former employer
• Sports coach
• Teacher or principal
• Respected community leader.

Referee contact details should include their:
• First and last names
• Job title
• Organisation they work for
• Phone number
• Email address