Writing a Curriculum Vitae, or CV for for short, can be a difficult and tedious process. Thinking about dates of employment and using appropriate language to make your CV more attractive. Here are a few simple tips on how to produce a good quality CV.
A CV should be broken up into sections to help contain the relevant information together, to aid your future employer to quickly access the information they are looking for.
The first thing to include at the top of your CV is your Personal Statement. This is a short paragraph or two on the sort of person you are, how you feel you are fit for the job, and that you have the right experiences and attitude towards the job you are applying for.
Skills Section (Optional). If you wish to include the skills that you have required, it would improve your chances of finding employment. It may be tempting to include a long list of all the skills you have.
Work History. Whilst skills are important, often very little beats experience. Providing a list of previous places you have worked at, the work you did, and the roles and positions you held can be vital to gaining the job you are applying for.
Education. When listing your education, remember to include the dates you attended each course and/or school. Any additioanl training you participated in will also show to your employer you are willing to learn new skills.
Hobbies (Optional). If you have any hobbies that are related to the industry you are applying for, this can show your employer that you have interests outside of work, and that you are interested in the subject you are working in. It's important not to mention any hobbies that could jepodise your chances of finding employment.
References. It's adviseable to state that references are available upon request. If you have two employers willing to give you a reference you can include this.
Short and concise – Ensuring a CV is short and concise is important, the majority of employers would scan information from your CV than supposed of reading the information. So therefore, it’s important to use relevant and key information on your CV.
Using bullet points – It’s advised to use bullet points when creating a CV when an employer skims a CV, they’ll be looking at key skills and responsibilities.
One of two pages – Having one or two pages on your CV will be easier for the employer to analyse and read, the information on your CV needs to be punchy and to the point. Remember you’re not writing an autobiography!
Fonts – Avoid fancy fonts! Use fonts such as New Times Roman, Calibri body and Arial, size 11 – 12.
Personal Information – No personal information does not need to be included on your CV. Such as your date of birth, relationship status, ethnicity or reason for leaving your last employment.
Themes and colours – No borders, images or colour font should be included. Your CV needs to be simple, however professional.
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