Applying for jobs can be a daunting prospect. And in most cases, you may have just one opportunity to show a potential employer that you’re the best person for the job – and that’s by sending them your CV.

But with the number of applications for jobs continuing to rise (studies suggest applications for entry-level jobs have almost doubled during the last couple of years), it’s essential to make sure your CV creates the best possible impression. The person opening your CV may have hundreds of others to look at, which means yours has to stand out if you want any chance of getting an interview.

The following help-sheet gives practical tips on common CV mistakes, what to include and how to tailor your CV as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.