Getting yourself a good curriculum vitae (CV) is one of the most vital aspects when looking for work, and when you can find multiple candidates going for the same job, it could make that critical difference as to whether you get an interview.
Your CV should be neat and if possible typed, if you don’t have a computer then most public libraries have ones you can use. There is no perfect template, and different jobs may require different emphasis on aspects of the content, such as experience or professional qualifications/
There are few basic rules to follow when writing a CV and the sort of information needs to be included. Usually a CV is quite short, no more than two sides of A4 and it should be positive, highlighting your achievements and giving information on your strengths, and it should aim to make a good impression in a clear and positive way.
The basic format for a CV includes:
• Your full personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and possibly any professional social media presence such as Linkdin. You don’t need to include your date of birth, because of age discrimination rules
• Include your career history and start with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs.
• Write a personal profile which promotes you and your qualities, try to tailor it towards the job you are applying for
• Include achievements from previous jobs that are relevant
• List out your qualifications and training from previous jobs, with the most recent first
• You can list your interests, but try to make them relevant to the job you are applying for
• Include any extra relevant information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties or travelling
• Ideally you should list two or more references and include a recent employer
Try to keep the formatting and fonts straightforward – and the spelling must be checked and checked again, poor spelling can be the quickest way of getting a rejection.
It can be a common misconception that one CV fits all jobs but this isn’t always the case. Try to look at the job advertised and then tailor the CV to fit the job, pick out specific phrases and terms and then use these within your own CV.
Above all, imagine you were hiring and looking at your own CV – make it look professional and organised and then believe that your CV will stand out from the rest, it will certainly go along way!