Whether you’re new to the world of job-seeking or you’re an old hand, there’s no getting away from the importance of the CV (Curriculum Vitae) in securing the best opportunities. So here are a few key features you will need to include to make the best impression on potential employers:
That means your personal contact information, as well as your full name, address, and any other relevant details. Now this might sound pretty basic, but just think how embarrassing it would be to forget it! You will show potential employers a lack of attention to detail that is guaranteed to discourage them.
List your prior roles in reverse order. This will give the most accurate reflection of your work experience to date. Include your role, the duration of said role, as well as a brief summary of your responsibilities.But remember to keep it brief!
The size of this section will likely depend on how far along you are in your career. If you are fresh from school- or you don’t have much work experience- then you’ll likely want to spend more time on this section. However, if you’ve studied undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, then you’ll just need to include the overall outcomes of these, as well as the dates you attained them.
Awards and Other Notable Achievements
That means if you have won any prizes, or have contributed to any publications, then you can include this here. Also if you have taken part in any courses or other extracurricular activities that have enhanced your skill-set.
The keyword here is “relevant.” While it’s great to demonstrate your personality and hobbies as a way to show what a positive presence you will be on a team, try to focus on interests which relate (even vaguely) to the job description. For instance, if you play a sport then this is a great way to demonstrate that you are comfortable working as an effective part of a team. Or if you do voluntary work, this is a good way to show your dedication and willingness to go the extra mile.
These are the basic sections you will need to include in your CV to meet the requirements of a job application. However, if there is anything else that is relevant- such as any extended periods of unemployment- then it’s best to address these too.
Be concise. Try to keep your content to a single side of paper.
When you’re done, make sure to proofread thoroughly for any grammatical or spelling errors. If you’re not confident about doing this yourself, then see if you can get somebody else to do it for you- a second pair of eyes can make all the difference.
While it’s tempting to send the same document to a host of different employers and applications, your best bet is to adapt it to suit each individual opportunity. That doesn’t mean starting from scratch every single time- use this guideline as a basic template, and you can add or enhance details as required for each individual role.