How to write a CV

Tailor Your CV

One of the biggest mistakes people make when writing their CV is not tailoring their CV to the job description. Often people use a generic CV. For the person reading the CV it can be very frustrating. It clearly shows you haven’t bothered to read the job description. If you are applying for entry level positions such as those in coffee shops, pubs, retail shops etc, at a minimum have a different CV for each type eg a coffee shop CV, a pub CV etc.

Spelling & Grammar

Please ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. If you are a non native speaker have a friend read over your CV. Spelling and grammar mistakes may be perceived as a lack of attention to detail and you may not get offered an interview. Also, if you are a non native English speaker employers may think your English is not good enough to interact with customers.

Include a summary

There are a lot of opportunities in Dublin but there is also a lot of competition. It is a good idea to include a summary at the top of your CV so you can grab the readers attention. In a few sentences you need to be able to tell the reader you have all the experience they are looking for based on the job description you provided.

Given the large volume of CVs employer receive it’s important to be able to grab their attention. You need to make it as easy as possible for the reader to know you are suitable for the job and you have the experience they are looking for.


There is no one right way to structure a CV but the following will give you some guidance.

  1. Contact details
  2. Summary
  3. Education
  4. Work experience
  5. Achievements
  6. Interest & Hobbies (optional)
  7. References – Always put “Available on request”