Completing your CV can seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time.
With most recruiters skim reading a CV in less than 30 seconds, you
need to think carefully about how you order the information and its length.
The idea behind the CV is to showcase all of your achievements to your potential employers in a clear, concise way, that speaks to your strengths.
Below you will find some helpful tips to achieve this. To begin with, ensure your contact details are correct, give yourself a 2-page format to work with & include the following four sections....
Most attention is given to the first page of the CV, it’s the first chance you get to introduce
yourself to a potential employer. You need the audience to engage with your CV quickly. Therefore,
a short professional profile (of usually 4-6 lines) at the beginning helps. Make sure you say something
original and memorable about the personal qualities that define you and your skills.
Here you will:
Outline your qualities and knowledge (what is unique to you)
Highlight any experience related to the role you are applying for
This section will list any work experience you have and the skills you have acquired through this experience. Include dates and company names of:
Here you can outline the formal qualifications you have, particularly anything that directly relates to the role. Some examples include:
Exam subjects and grades
Higher education (e.g. college certificates, university degrees)
Short courses (e.g. Health and Safety?)
Mention courses you are currently studying
Knowledge of systems
Languages you speak
The final section will be references, which are an important way for employers to verify your work. You will be asked to provide names and contact details of (usually two) referees. They could be:
Manager/team leader from previous workplace
Mentors, sports coaches, youth leaders
If you are still at school, a teacher or head of year can be asked
If you are self-employed, a customer or independent contractor would be best
Be aware of the aim of your audience
Show your strong points and good aspects
Focus on how you meet the requirements of the recruiter and the skills they are looking for
Use correct keywords outlined in the Job description
Write your CV in point form and keep the sentences short
Write your CV in the order of importance of the information
Don’t write things that are obvious
Don’t repeat information
Don’t use a photo (unless specifically asked)
Don’t send without checking for typos and errors
Use black text, in a reasonable font (e.g. Arial or Times New Roman)
Make it no more than two pages long
Use a simple layout, with paragraphs, headings and bullet points
Some employers will request a cover letter, this should be written on a separate page