A great CV is essential when you’re looking for work, especially when there is lots of competition for the same job. How can your CV help you get that interview?
What should I include on my CV?
Personal Details: It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to include their full name, address, phone number and email. Make sure these are clearly marked at the top of your CV.
Work Experience: This section includes any work experience that you have that is relevant to the job you are applying for. When listing these work experiences include your job title, time in the post, responsibilities and the name of your organisation.
Achievements: List achievements and skills gained from previous jobs, giving clear examples of how you would apply these to your new role.
Education: List qualifications and any training you have completed.
Hobbies and Interests: Only include these if the skills or teamwork involved are relevant for the job. There is no point listing that you like spending time with friends or that you enjoy going to the cinema for the sake of it.
How to present your CV
- Keep it short enough to read quickly (no more than two sides of A4)
- Choose a clear, professional font so that your CV can be easily read
- Avoid typing mistakes at all costs. A simple spell check is not enough: ask someone else to proof read your finished CV
- Order your experience and education in reverse chronological order so that your most recent achievements are prominent.
Remember, your CV is the first impression you will make on a prospective employer, so it’s important that it’s well laid out, looks professional and is relevant to the job that you’re applying for.
Good luck with your job search!
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