When applying for a new job, your CV is the first piece of information your potential employer will see about you. It is therefore vital that your CV makes a great first impression! Putting together a successful CV is a case of taking all your skills and experience and tailoring them to the job you are applying for. Although your CV is personal to you, there are certain areas which should be included; Personal & contact information, work history and experience, education & qualifications, relevant skills to the job in question, your personal interests/hobbies and then who you provide as references.
Below are some tips to help you get started in creating a successful CV and securing that job:
In this section you should include your name, address, phone number and email address.
The upper middle area on the first page of your CV is commonly where the recruiter’s eyes will first glance, so it is a good idea to use this space to write your personal statement and create a great first impression. Keep your statement to no more than a paragraph and be sure to highlight your skills and experience, keeping it relevant to the job that you are applying for.
When listing your work experience start with your most current role. Include key information for each role you list. Company name, dates that you worked there and your job title. Then go on in clear short sentences to describe your key responsibilities and achievements within the role.
Skills & Education
Starting with the most recent, list the qualifications you have gained and also state the grade you achieved. Also include specific skills such as IT packages or languages and state whether you are at a basic, intermediate or advanced level. Do not forget to also include any courses that you are currently taking.
Hobbies and interests
This section is not a necessity however it can provide the potential employer with more information to give them a better idea of who you are.
You do not need to provide these details on your CV but it is a good idea to confirm that references are available on request.
Presentation is key. Keep your CV to two sides of A4. It should be kept basic and look clean and tidy with each section made clearly visible. If you are printing and posting your CV, stick to good quality white paper. Don’t forget to spell & grammar check before sending.