Kickstart Your Job Hunt: CV/Resume tips

Our recruitment team goes through over 1000s of Environmental Health CVs per week. We have compiled a list of tips, tricks and keywords for you to create your Perfect CV.

Before Application

  • List career/jobs you want to pursue
  • List companies/ organisations you wish to work for
  • Research the Job Descriptions and make note of the key duties and responsibilities and keywords!
  • Make sure you have references ready.
  • Build your portfolio.

CV/Resume tips

Always Tailor your CV specifically for the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a Food Safety officer position make sure your CV is tailored for that position and not for a Housing Officer position.

Our Guide to the Perfect CV/Resume

Before we start, we know you are tempted to include flashy images, fonts and colour, but do limit your CV to fonts like Arial, Calibri or Helvetica, and avoid unnecessary fonts like Impact or Wingdings! (Please bear in mind your CV’s that include flashy content will be reformatted for employers)

Your Details

  1. Your Name (Firstname, Surname)
  2. Phone number
  3. Email address
  4. Location (County and Country)
  5. LinkedIn profile URL address

Personal Profile

  • A small summary of what your work is, what your passions are and what skills you can offer to your potential employer. (Limit this to maximum of 150 words)


  • Date in Descending order – starting with the most recent/ current work
  • Include Job Titles, Organisation Names
  • Include your top 3 or 4 best achievements per job
  • Include relevant employment history related to the job you are applying for (non-relevant positions can be listed with the dates).


  • Date in Descending order – starting with your most recent/ current education (University/College or School).
  • Bullet point key achievements or publications.

Certifications & Qualifications

  • Include the most relevant qualification for the application you are applying for.
  • Bullet point name of Certification/Qualification and the date achieved on.


  • These are skills you think will be relevant to the position you are applying for. If you have knowledge of certain Software packages (Microsoft, Google etc.), First Aid or know how to use specific measuring devices (GIS) these should be included.

Final Check…

  1. Proof read everything in your CV, check for spelling and grammatical mistakes, errors in date, etc.
  2. You are not writing an essay or dissertation, ideally your CV should be 1-2 pages maximum.
  3. Keep sentences short, clever and concise, use keywords sparingly
  4. Whether you want it or not, work experience is something that hiring managers and recruiters look for in a CV. Even if it is a voluntary/ shadowing experience these skills are transferable, if you have done work previously add it to your CV!

General keywords for your CV

  • Managed/Management/ Oversee
  • Coached/ Taught/ Trained/ Motivated
  • Achieved
  • Developed/ Launched
  • Lead/Led
  • Increased/Maximised
  • Accomplished
  • Presented
  • Published
  • Negotiated
  • Won
  • Identified
  • Maintained
  • Solved
  • Communicated
  • Analysed

For our Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs)

  • Environmental health
  • Inspected
  • Investigated
  • Reported
  • Legislation, regulations and laws
  • Caseload
  • Licenced
  • Complaints and notices
  • Served

CV tips

Follow Ricky Sharpe’s CV tips guide


Nick Cheung ~ Lead Marketing Executive

Buckingham Futures HQ

We are dedicated to providing our exceptional recruitment and consultancy services to you. With our team of specialist recruitment consultants, they will be able to assist you in your queries and job hunt.

Give us a call on 020 8125 4321 or email your CV to and let’s have a chat!

Recruiting the Present, Inspiring the Future.” ~ Buckingham Futures