Think about the impression you want your CV to make on a prospective employer. You want to optimise your experience without exaggerating it. How do you do this? Take some time to think about the following:
Your core strengths and experience. (This doesn’t have to be just in the work place).
The job you are applying for and the skills the employer is likely to be looking for.
Your past jobs, main responsibilities, skills you have developed and what you have achieved.
Keep it short – two pages are ideal, use bullet points wherever possible.
Make sure it is well presented, typed in Word format.
Read it to make sure there are no spelling or typing errors – do not rely on spell checkers as they mostly use US spelling and they do not always check for grammatical errors.
Be consistent – with heading, full stops etc.
Do not lie or exaggerate – ever!
Your name, address, contact numbers and email address.
Optional information – this may include your date of birth, nationality, marital status, drivers license.
List the universities, colleges and schools you attended, including their location and the dates you were there. Include details of degrees, professional qualifications and school grade. List recognised training courses (e.g. Health & Safety), including date and length of course. Indicate your level of computer literacy and which software packages you are most familiar with.
Write a brief paragraph on what type of role and level of responsibility you are seeking relative to your employment history and future aspirations.
List in bullet point format past achievements which you consider relevant to the position your seeking. You will need to modify these according to the role under consideration.
Always start with your current or most recently held position and work backwards.
Include all the positions you have held with full dates (month and year).
Account for any gaps in your CV, such as travelling, bringing up children or any unemployed periods.
For each position, state clearly the company name, location and the nature of the business (if not immediately obvious) and your job title. You then need to give a short description of your responsibilities and achievements.
Keep this section brief and only include genuine interests you are happy to discuss.
You may prefer to write “Available on Request” to both save space and tailor your referees to the
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