What should I include on my CV?
The CV should be divided into specific sections covering personal details, employment history , skills education background and interests and achievements. Increasingly people tend to put an opening statement.
Tailor a CV to a specific job -sometimes it is vital to ensure the script is relevant to each job application, rather than just sending the same generic CV to different jobs.
Keep it simple – it should be easy to read and use active language. two/three pages of A4 is enough.
Include key information – personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and any professional social media presence should be clear. A date of birth is no longer needed, owing to age discrimination rules. A photo is a matter of choice.
If you are just graduating or have limited employment history, it’s best to put your education before your employment. But if your employment history is more relevant to the job you are applying for, then make that come first.
An opening statement is a short paragraph (two or three sentences) that outlines who you are and what your skills are. It is a ‘teaser’ of what is to come in the rest of the CV.
Identify the things that make you different from other applicants. Avoid bland and generic statements like ‘hard-working’ or ‘well-rounded’ but use statements like “Dynamic” and “self motivated”.
- Your name
- Mobile number
- Email address
- Visa Conditions (if relevant)
Show your employment history in reverse chronological order. Your most recent position should be the one that is covered in most detail. Bullet point your skills, list your job title, the employer and dates of your employment. Highlighting your key skills and document your main responsibilities during this employment.
You should list all schools, universities, colleges and specialist (including vocational) courses attended, along with the relevant dates and grades. If you leave the grades off, the worst is usually assumed and potential employers will think that you are trying to hide something.
Interests and achievements
This is where you can list any non-employment interests, which is the bit that makes you sound more human. Provide details on any hobbies, additional language skills, any achievements, awards or recognition’s received.
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