CV Writing tips

Having a good CV is absolutely essential in helping you to secure that interview. It is usually the first opportunity you are given to make an impression on a potential employer. You should think of your CV as a valuable tool, essential for marketing your skill set. Each CV you send out should be specifically tailored to suit the position you are applying for, accentuating your relevant skills and experience and omitting any irrelevant information. However, there are certain things which should be included in all of your CVs.

Contact Details – It should go without saying, but the first thing which should be included on your CV is your basic contact details. These include your name, contact number and address and allow employers to get in touch with you should they require your services. Today, the majority of employers are not concerned about your date of birth, marital status or the number of children you have, so it’s best to leave that out.

Education – This section should list all relevant qualification, including standard education, higher education and any relevant uncertified training.

Employment History – This section is more crucial to your CV today than ever before and will give potential employers an insight into the experience and skills you have. You should list your previous jobs, including your job title, duration in the position and the name of the organisation. If your past responsibilities and duties are relevant to the job you are applying for, then you should also include a short summary of these.

You should also include any voluntary work you have taken part in and explain any other gaps in your employment history.

Other Sections – Although there is a standard format by which CVs are accepted, the way which you decide to present yours will depend on your personality and the job that you are applying for. For example, if you compare the CVs of a mathematics engineers and a graphic designer, they will look very different. There are a number of other sections which are often included:

Personal Profile – Use this section to highlight your key skills and achievements
Objective – Outline your next career steps and your aspirations
Activities/Interests – Include your free-time hobbies, particularly those with transferrable skills (such as teamwork or leadership)

General Tips – It is absolutely essential to make sure your CV is digestible and easy to read. Something as simple as this could be the reason that you get a job over another applicant. You should make it a suitable length (no more than two pages), use a legible font and a decent size.