Here’s some practical, impartial advice about preparing you CV, from Media Contacts who are experts in recruiting communications specialists.

Your CV is one of the most important documents you will ever write. It is a sales tool to get you an interview, so it is important to get it right.

Think: you are the brand and your CV is the sales document.

The right choice of words genuinely makes a difference as to whether you get the job or not. Read our tips below to ensure you show any potential employer just why they should hire you!

  • Start with a short personal statement or objective which summarises your background, the job you are looking for and why you will be good at it. Demonstrate that you really understand the job and have thought about your suitability.
  • Make sure it is well written, grammatically sound and there are no spelling mistakes.
  • Leave it 24 hours and then read your CV aloudto a friend for a sense and style check.
  • Add the months as well as the years that you started and finished each job and explain any gaps.
  • Don’t waffle, make every word count.
  • Tailor your CV to each job you apply for, emphasising transferable skills and relevant achievements.
  • Clearly present your contact details in minimal space.
  • Avoid flashy graphics, layouts and fonts, unless you are a designer.
  • Summarise the responsibilities, duties and achievements in each job, rather than reproducing a job spec.
  • Assume a degree of knowledge on the part of the reader, you don’t need to spell out every task in every job.
  • Think of yourself as a brand, tell a story that people want to listen to.
  • No photos! They are a potential minefield.
  • Hobbies and interests are a good way to show that you are a well rounded person with creative interests as well as scientific; team sports show ability to interact well with people and anything unusual can prove an icebreaker at interview.

If you are applying to jobs in medical or healthcare communications and would like to chat about interviewing in some more detail or to get an expert eye over your CV, please don’t hesitate to contact Julia Walton at Media Contacts on +44 (0)20 7359 8244 or email:

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