Writing a CV
A CV or curriculum vitae is a marketing tool. With your CV you will be able to promote yourself. Imagine the CV as being a brochure that will list the benefits of a particular service, that service being your time and skills.
When writing a CV look at it from your employer’s point of view. Would you stand out against the competition (the other candidates) and would the manager want to talk to you for a possible job? You have to ask yourself these questions when writing your CV. The following key points should also help you on your way.
- Use good quality white paper with a plain type face
- Avoid italics and decorative fonts, and do not add an ornate border – let your skills and experience do the talking
- Try to keep your CV to no more than two pages (stapled together, rather than bound or placed in a wallet).
- Put your name right at the top of the front page, with your contact details directly beneath.
- Have a clear structure that’s easy to understand and read. Your aim is to present facts about yourself concisely and with clarity.
- Use bullet points rather than complete sentences, which can sometime lead to unnecessary wordiness
- Your educational history, academic achievements and work experience should be listed in reverse order – current job should be listed first, working back over.
- Never leave gaps if you took a year out, or carried out interim assignments, say so – leave nothing to chance as assumptions can be made easily.
- Leave your hobbies and interests until last – keep this section short
Double Check and Proof Read
- Check your CV carefully – always run a spell check and re read to ensure accuracy
- Your CV is the first impression your potential employer will have of you
- Take the time to get it right – you may not get a second chance