Regard your Curriculum Vitae (CV) as a self-marketing tool. Get it right and it increases your chances of obtaining that all-important interview; get it wrong and your submission will be passed over.
CareerWise Recruitment’s Suggested CV Layout
- Personal Details. Name, address, home and mobile telephone numbers, and email address.
- A brief personal profile or career objective statement. This is a statement of how you see yourself and what you have to offer. Keep it brief and relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Education/ Training. Overview of relevant qualifications, where and when attended, and results. Add in any additional relevant training as this shows a sign of ongoing personal and professional development. Include memberships of any professional bodies in this section.
- Career History /Work Experience. This should be presented in reverse chronological order with your most recent employer first. Include the company name, type of business, position(s) held, including responsibilities and achievements.
- Interests and hobbies. This makes your CV more holistic. Demonstrates your ability to mix work with life.
- References. Note on the CV that references are available on request. You need to have pre-cleared two or three referees when you start the job search process and advise them that a company or agency may contact them to perform a reference check.
- Keep your CV short: between 2 and 4 pages. Complete in Microsoft Word with minimal use of tables and text boxes.
- Use a clear font size 11 or 12 and highlight with bold as appropriate.
- Do not include a photo unless requested to do so.
- No gaps in your CV unless you have an explanation.
- Use correct dates.
- Know your CV inside out.
- Use bullet points to focus on important points and break up the text.
- Focus on your key achievements and present them with numerical information that demonstrates your performance or project successes.
- Use action-focused words at the start of sentences, prepare in past tense and keep sentences short and to the point.
- Always type your CV on good quality paper.
- Do a spell check but don’t rely on a computer spell checker.