What is a CV
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resumé is an essential tool for candidates when looking for suitable employment. A CV details your education, qualifications and employment history. This is your first opportunity to sell yourself to a prospective employer and the quality of your CV will affect your chances of an interview.
Writing a CV
We would suggest that your CV should be 2 to 3 pages in length, typed on a computer or word processor in black ink on white paper using simple fonts. Each section should have a clearly defined heading which should include:-
Start by adding your name, address, telephone numbers and email address. Additional information should include Date of Birth, Nationality, Marital Status and transportation details.
Provide information on GCSEs, A' levels and Degrees and relevant courses.
Summary of Experience
This is the first opportunity to highlight your skills to an employer. Start by describing briefly your current job title and role. Also, add information on where your career started and the route it has taken to get to your current position. This is also the opportunity to include any relevant packages or information that matches the employer's criteria.
The advantage of a summary is that it can be tailored for each position you apply for.
List the most recent job first and explain in detail your role, job function and any technologies used. Also provide your start and finish dates and the reason for leaving.
Hobbies & Interests
Describe your interests and what you enjoy doing in your leisure time.
Provide details of two references, ideally your previous two employers.
Other useful tips
When providing information on your employment history give as much information as possible on your most recent job providing details on your relevant skills to the job you're after.
Send a covering letter accompanying your CV highlighting your relevant skills for the position you are applying for.
Always remember to put your name and contact details on your CV (We have received CVs without these).
When you have compiled your CV check it for any grammar or spelling mistakes.
Still unsure, use our CV template to help get you started.