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Tips and advice – preparing your CV

How you present yourself on paper is the first and most important stage of the application process.

Your CV is a chance for you to market yourself, so it’s worth spending the time to make sure you’re selling yourself in the best way possible.

In short, your CV is a list of skills and experience that you believe are most attractive and relevant to a prospective employer. 

These can include:

  • Education
  • Qualifications
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Interests
  • A ‘personal profile’.

At Heathrow, some of our roles are very specific in terms of experience, so always bear this in mind when preparing your CV for an application and give priority to those details that you feel are most relevant. Sending out a generic CV for every application you make will not help you to stand out.

Your CV should show you in the best possible light, so take your time over it. Presenting your skills and experiences in a timeline format, with your most recent achievements first, is a popular format, and you should always explain any gaps in employment or education. Remember, a well used gap year can be just as useful as a year in employment.

Keep your CV clear, concise, and to the point. Try not to exceed more than two pages at most, and organise the information so it is easy to read and in a logical order – bullet points are a good way to break up information.