Perfecting your CV

Spending some time preparing your CV is really important, as it is often the first opportunity we have to get an insight into who you are.

You will likely receive varied advice on the best way to approach writing your CV, so we have provided an overview below on key things Chapman Tripp look out for at application stage.

Your CV


Attention to detail is a must. Check your grammar and spelling and get someone else to proof read your CV.

Keep it simple

Your CV only needs to be one or two pages long. Don’t include a cover page and remember your contact details (email address, mobile number and postal address). Keep it clear, succinct and easy to read and only include information that strengthens your application.


Use a clean and simple font and keep your font size consistent (although headings can be bigger). Use headings, sub-headings and bullet points. We don't ask you to submit a photo with your application, so there is no need to include one on your CV - unless you would like to.


We suggest you use the following headings to set out your CV:

  1. Education
  2. Achievements, including awards and positions of responsibility
  3. Extra-curricular activities
  4. Community and volunteering
  5. Work experience
  6. Interests


List your experiences in descending date order, with your most recent first.

Above all, make things easy to read!