How to write a Professional Curriculum Vitae

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Your CV is the tool that helps you get your foot in the door when applying for jobs. below are how to write a good CV;

What is a CV?
A CV, which stands for curriculum vitae, is a document used when applying for jobs. It allows you to summaries your education, skills, and experience enabling you to successfully sell your abilities to potential employers.

How long should a CV be?
A standard CV should be no longer than two sides of A4. A school leaver or recent graduate can have minimal experience may only need to use one side of A4. A three-page CV might be needed for those in high-level roles or for people who have gained a lot of experience or worked in multiple jobs over the last five to ten years. To save space only include the main points of your education and experience. Stick to relevant information.

What to include in a CV

  • Tailor your CV, look at the company’s website and social media accounts, look to see if they have recently been mentioned in the local press, and use the job advert to make sure your CV is targeted to the role and employer.
  • Section headings are a good way to break up your CV. Ensure they stand out by making them larger (font size 14 or 16) and bold.
  • Avoid fonts such as Comic Sans. Choose something professional, clear, and easy to read such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman. Use a font size between 10 and 12 to make sure that potential employers can read your CV. Ensure all fonts and font sizes are consistent throughout.
  • Contact details – Include your full name, home address, mobile number, and email address. Your date of birth is irrelevant and unless you are applying for an acting or modeling job you do not need to include a photograph.
  • Profile – A CV profile is a concise statement that highlights your key attributes and helps you stand out from the crowd. Usually placed at the beginning of a CV it picks out a few relevant achievements and skills while expressing your career aims. A good CV profile focuses on the sector you are applying to. Note, as your cover letter will be job-specific. Keep CV personal statements short and snappy – 100 words is the perfect length.
  • Work experience – List your work experience in reverse date order, making sure that anything you mention is relevant to the job you are applying for. Include your job title, the name of the company, how long you were with the organization, and key responsibilities. If you have plenty of relevant work experience.
  • Education – List and date all previous education, including professional qualifications. Place the most recent first. Include qualification type/grades and the dates.
  • Skills and achievements – This is where you talk about the foreign languages you speak and the IT packages you can competently use. The key skills that you list should be relevant to the job. Don’t exaggerate your abilities, as you will need to back up your claims at the interview.
  • Interests – ‘Socializing’, ‘going to the cinema’ and ‘reading’ is not going to catch a recruiters attention. However, relevant interests can provide a more complete picture of who you are, as well as giving you something to talk about at the interview. If you don’t have any relevant hobbies or interests leave this section out.
  • References – You don’t need to provide the names of referees at this stage. You can say ‘references available upon request but most employers would assume this to be the case so if you’re stuck for space, you can leave this out.

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