Finding a job starts with writing a great CV, but have you ever wondered how to make it stand out from the crowd?
Your CV and covering letter is your chance to convince an employer that you should be interviewed. While there’s no one ‘model’ CV that will work in all circumstances, these points may help you get started.
- Your CV should give a comprehensive picture of your achievements, talents and experiences, with a particular focus on recent activities.
- It should be clear and concise.
- It’s essential to focus the CV at a particular vacancy and employer.
- It should be visually appealing and have flawless spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- The standard length of a CV is two pages, some employers prefer a one-page CV.
What should appear on a CV?
- Full name, address, telephone number and email.
- It’s not necessary to give your date of birth or indicate your marital status.
- Focus on your recent studies.
- Include details of relevant courses.
- Keep details of school and college qualifications brief.
- Detail the name of the employer and job title.
- Write a brief description of your main responsibilities.
- Include full time work as well as any part time, paid or unpaid work.
Other skills and abilities
Any relevant skills, e.g. languages, professional affiliations, IT, driving licence.
Interests and activities
This shouldn’t be a list of hobbies but it should include relevant information, especially positions of responsibility held.
It’s usual to give 2 references, usually from an employer or someone who has experience of your abilities and motivation. Make sure you ask their permission first.