Your CV is your personal marketing tool, so it has to be factual and perfectly produced. How your CV is presented will determine how a prospective employer will perceive you. It must look professional, contain relevant details only, be in chronological order and contain no grammatical or spelling mistakes. It is always worth remembering that you may need to make subtle changes to your CV dependant on the role that you are applying for.
The main points to remember are:
● CV PRESENTATION
How your CV is presented will determine whether your prospective employer takes notice of your application. The CV must look professional, consistent and easy to read. Make sure all of your dates/headings are in order and double check spelling and grammar.
● ACHIEVEMENT & SKILLS
It goes without saying that you need to list your skills, work experience and education on your CV, but it is equally important to list your achievements. This makes your CV more three dimensional and creates a real person for the employer. Don’t forget your CV is a selling tool, so use this opportunity, and don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet.
● RELEVANCE TO THE POSITION
It is imperative that you carefully look at the job description that you are applying for. Highlight the most important aspects of the role and incorporate in your CV how relevant your experience is. This is what a future employer will be looking for.
● CV FORMAT
Put your name and contact details at the top of the CV. This should be followed by a brief synopsis of yourself, which should be short, positive and concise. List your qualifications and include relevant training courses. List your work experience starting with your most recent/current position and work back from there. Employers will be most interested in what you have done most recently. At the end of the CV, list your general interests and hobbies.