How To Write a CV

 

Contact Details

Write your full name, address, phone number and email address. Put your name in bold letters and use a bigger font than the rest of the details.

Personal profile/ Objective

This is a hard hitting 2 or 3 sentences that summarize your career objectives and what you hope to bring to the table

Education

In chronological order, give information on your educational background. It is not relevant to include every stage, and in most cases graduate school, university or college information will suffice. Mention the name of the institution, location, years attended, major subjects undertaken and type of diploma received. Highlight any other relevant facts related to education that might show you in a good light such as awards, club memberships, certificates, scholarships etc.

Work Experience

This is an important part of the CV and it should show a clear connection between your past experience and the job you are applying for. If you have vast experience in different fields, pick the most relevant information for the job at hand. Also in chronological order, give the name of the company, location, dates worked and your job title. Most importantly, give a summary your responsibilities and skills. To keep your CV free from clutter, you may apply bullet points in this section. Mention any awards received at work, such as employee of the year etc.

If you have little or no experience such as in the case of new graduates, write down any experiences that will reflect your skills and abilities to the employer. This may include internships, volunteer work, projects done at college etc.

Skills

This section could easily be the deciding factor for an employer. The education and work experience might be the same for most candidates- highly impressive- but it is this section that set you apart from other candidates. In this section, highlight your language abilities, computer proficiency and technical skills. You may also mention any other relevant skills that you have that might be important in the job at hand.

Other Information

This section is optional but many people prefer to include it. It is the place where you mention any other relevant information such as hobbies, club or group memberships, awards and accomplishments etc.

References

This section may be optional. You may choose to include the names of your references right away, or you may leave them out altogether if the job posting has not specifically asked for referees. Two or three references will suffice, and at least one must be from someone who knows you in a professional capacity such as a college professor or employer, and another one may be personal. Either way the referees should have known you for an extended period of time, preferably over a year, and should be able to talk about your character, behavior and motivation. Your referees should also be credible! If you include them in your CV, supply their full names and titles, positions, phone numbers and email addresses. Be sure to have asked for their permission before hand!

Other CV tips

As with your cover letter, it is important to pay special attention if you are sending your CV by email.

  • As a precaution, save your document using a format that opens easily and do not password protect it.
  • Use an appropriate font, such as Times New Romans or Century, and also an acceptable font size such as 11 or 12.
  • It is advisable to change your document to a PDF file where possible. A PDF file remains consistent when opened in any computer unlike a word document which may change font or settings depending on the recipient’s computer.
  • If you send it as an attachment, use an appropriate subject in your email that will identify what the email is immediately. Unless otherwise instructed, you may use your full name followed by the name of the document to add clarity e.g. JOHN MICHAEL, C.V. Most job advertisements will give a job reference number. Be sure to quote this clearly.

 

 

 

 

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