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Make It Relevant

Your CV presents your experiences, skills and achievements to your prospective employer. As a general rule, it should be no longer than two A4 pages and should be written in reverse chronological order, that is, with your most recent experience first.

Personal Details

Name
Surname
Address
E-mail address
Phone number
Mobile Number (optional)

Personal Statement

This serves as a summary of the contents of your CV. You should include keywords and a brief description of your skills, experiences and education. Keep it simple, straightforward and no more than 2-6 lines.

CV Objective

Here you will have the opportunity to briefly explain your aspirations and the next step in your career path. This informs the employer the type of position you are looking for at their company, and if you know the title of the position that you are seeking to occupy, it is advisable to mention it. Remember to keep this short and concise.

For those who are job hunting among many different organizations, it is advisable to have several CVs, each with a uniquely written 'CV objective' that is relevant to the specific job role. E.g. a CV for a 'Sales Assistant' position should be different to one that targets the role of an 'Administrator'. So a CV to become a 'Sales Assistant' should highlight the achievements and any relevant experiences applicable to the suitability of this specific job role, and it should demonstrate your ability to meet as many of the requirements for this job as possible.

Employment

List your previous job roles and the companies that you were employed with (starting with the most recent). Also mention the time frames in which you were employed and a brief description of your job's role. Also, emphasise anything that you feel might be relevant to the job you are applying for.

Place this section before your Education if you have more work experience than qualifications.

Education

List all of your academic and non-academic qualifications in this section, emphasising anything that you have learned or that you feel might add value to your application. Place this section before Employment if you have more qualifications than work experience.

Additional Skills and Information

Here you will be able to mention any other skills that you have obtained throughout your life e.g. languages, computer literacy skills, leadership management etc.

If there is enough space on your CV, you could also mention some of your own personal and recreational interests; however, it is advisable that you keep it minimal, relevant and as interesting as possible.

References Available on Request

You may want to avoid providing your references as part of your CV if you aren’t comfortable with your current employer knowing that you are seeking alternative work. By offering your references on request you can also establish which will be most appropriate for the specific job role rather than listing irrelevant references on your CV.

5 Top CV Tips

1. Show What Makes You Unique

For every job you apply for you are likely to be up against many other candidates, so you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Employers don't just buy skills, they buy solutions, so show how can you make the company money and how can you resolve the problems that they have.

2. Choose a Clear Layout

Employers generally only spend around 20 to 30 seconds scanning your CV, so it needs to remain clutter-free and easy to read. The last thing a recruiter wants to do is to go hunting for relevant information so don't hide it among an array of elaborate graphics.

3. Tailor Your CV to Your Audience

It may sound like a time-consuming process, but in reality, making the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular job and each particular company that you are applying for can greatly increase your chances of securing an interview.

4. Keep it Error Free

It is so easy to make mistakes on your CV and really difficult to repair the damage once an employer sees it. As well as double checking your spelling and grammar, make sure your employment dates match and that you've provided the correct phone number and email address.

5. Keep Your CV Up-To-Date

When you put together a CV it's often difficult remembering the projects you have been involved with and the achievements you have made in previous employment. To avoid missing important pieces of information out it’s a good idea to revisit your CV every month, adding anything of importance and, importantly, cut out any information that is no longer required.

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