Your CV: It all starts here
A well written CV is paramount to making a positive impression to potential employers.
Realistically, an employer will look at your CV for about 30 seconds and only if impressed will dig deeper, so make your CV easy to scan, with the important information highlighted on the first page.
Use a simple font and effective spacing. Be specific and concise.
Information in your CV should always be tailored and relevant to the role you are applying for.
You should always include:
– All of your contact details: Full address, telephone number, email
– A summary of your education and qualifications, with your highest qualifications coming first. Include dates, type of institution, location, principal subjects and examination results. If your academics are poor in relation to work experience, they can come at the end of the CV, and focus on work experience
– On the first page include a summary of your technical skills and years / months of experience with each. This can be in point form
– On the first page include all the languages you speak and your fluency in each
– List your employment history in reverse chronological order; the most recent coming first. Projects and specific areas YOU worked on are key
– Briefly describe your responsibilities, highlight key achievements
– Ideally your CV will be 3 pages maximum unless you are at 10 – 20+ years experience, in which case possibly 4 pages
Remember that your CV is meant to highlight your skills, experience and achievements. It should be clear, concise, and professional. Your personality shines through in your interview.