Your CV is vital in the recruitment process as it is how you introduce yourself to a potential employer and show them what an excellent candidate for their role you are.

Employers/recruiters can have hundreds of CVs to review for each position, so your CV must stand out from the crowd. This blog will share tips to help you optimise your CV for data-related roles in the UK.

General guidelines for a good CV

Prospects state that the purpose of a CV is to “summarise your education, skills and experience enabling you to sell your abilities to potential employers successfully.”

When compiling your CV, make sure to include the bare essentials such as:

  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Key Skills
  • Experience

Anything you put into these sections must be clear, brief, and most importantly, relevant to the role you are applying for.

Specific tips for data-related CVs

When you are applying for data-related roles, you should highlight the key attributes and skills that employers tend to look for, such as:

  • analytical thinking – to be able to identify and define problems and develop workable solutions
  • communication – to be able to convey your recommendations and findings to non-technical colleagues
  • problem-solving – to think of new ideas and better ways of doing things
  • technical proficiency

The best way to showcase these skills on a CV is to:

  • Use action verbs, such as “I collaborated with the product development team” or ” I fostered a better relationship with the IT team.”
  • Highlight certifications or projects that are relevant to the role you are applying for
  • Quantify your achievements, e.g. “I optimised four web applications for mobile devices, increasing downloads by 120%.”

We need to emphasise the importance of tailoring your CV to the specific role or company you are applying for and not just blanket sending out your CV to everyone. You should also ensure you are using keywords and industry-specific terminology to demonstrate your level of knowledge.

Common mistakes to avoid on a CV

We have seen a vast amount of CVs, as you can probably imagine, and some of the most common mistakes we have come across include:

  • Spelling and grammar errors
  • Irrelevant information
  • Lack of attention to detail

There are easy ways you can avoid these mistakes, however. For example, you could use a free spell-check and proofreading tool such as Grammarly to ensure your CV is error-free. Read through your CV a few times once you think it is complete, and remove any irrelevant information to ensure it focuses just on your most measurable achievements.


Having a well-crafted CV is critical for success in the competitive data job market we have in the UK. We encourage you to read and remember these top tips and apply them to your CV. You can also ask your Agile Recruit data recruitment consultant for professional advice.

If you want more support with your data recruitment CV or more information about our job opportunities, please get in touch with us on 0330 335 5545 or at

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