The best points to include on your first CV with GPW Recruitment

Writing your first CV can be a daunting task, as you want to ensure that it is going to give you the best chance of getting the job that you’ve applied for. We here at GPW Recruitment are one of the biggest recruitment agencies in the North West and have ample experience in assisting people of all levels of experience in achieving their perfect job. This all starts with a CV that screams “hire me!” to your potential future employments and gives them no choice but to bring you in for an interview.

How you meet the role

Your opening paragraph should stand out to immediately get the attention of the person reading it. If it is a competitive job then someone from the company may have up to 50 or 100 to read. This means that you should immediately talk about how you specifically meet the role that you are applying for. Don’t be afraid to show off your skills here, as your employers need a good reason to keep on reading. An important thing to note here is that you should tailor these skills and relate them to the position you are applying for. So, once you’ve made your CV don’t be afraid to go back and adapt it.

Examples of leadership and responsibility

One of the main attributes that employers look for is a sense of leadership and taking control over situations in the workplace. Having examples of being a leader or any responsibility that you’ve had in the past bodes well for you when submitting your CV. Whether this be helping out in the management of your favourite club, being a captain on a sports team or caring for someone who was unwell. These are examples of you taking on responsibility with the intention of maintaining high standards or improving a situation, benefitting others.

Hobbies and interests

Everyone has something that they enjoy to do in their leisure time, so make sure you include this on your CV. Any extracurricular activities that you do in your free time such as reading, going the gym or playing a sport should all be worthy of inclusion. Potential employers want to know more about your personality and what your presence would be like in the workplace, as well as how you’d fit in with the existing workforce. Including details of your hobbies and interests will help them to do that.


References are an important aspect of your CV that any potential future employer will look at closely. As, after all, they know little to nothing about how you work, so would prefer to lean on the opinion of others. References don’t just have to be from any previous employers if you don’t have any to note. They could be from people of authority from a previous school, or the leader or manager of a club that you have been a part of. Anyone you think would be useful in recommending you to an employer you can ask to provide their phone number to give you a reference. Family will not be allowed to do this.

Contact us at GPW

Are you looking to perfect your CV to have a better chance at employment? GPW Recruitment, one of the biggest employment agencies in Manchester and the North West can help you get into the job of your dreams. Feel free to contact one of our friendly team of recruitment experts today. Fill out our online enquiry form to contact us without even having to leave our site. You can also contact us by telephone on 01744 454300 or drop us an email at for all the important CV writing advice you need.