You can’t get that job you are seeking without having a good Curriculum Vitae (CV). Below are some points which you should consider when writing your CV.
- Include your full name and address, followed by your telephone number.
- List your work number or email address.
- Make sure it relates directly to your experience, accomplishments and to the job for which you are applying.
- You may want to have a few versions of your CV on hand, with different objectives that support the type of position you’re seeking.
- Don’t forget to include your title or position, the company name/location, and dates of employment.
- Use strong action verbs that describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.
- List your most recent educational experience first.
- Include the name of the institution you attended, the degree you earned, your major and date of graduation.
- Special commendations or awards should also be listed here.
- Use this area if you want to include information that doesn’t fit into the categories above, such as professional certifications, special interests, skills or activities.
- Mention on your CV that references are available upon request.
- Be sure to have a list of references to provide a prospective employer, and always ask permission before listing someone as a reference.
Points to consider when writing your CV?
- Write short paragraphs (no longer than six or seven lines) to ensure your CV gets viewed by hiring personnel.
- Make sure to use correct grammar and spelling. Do computer spellcheck or have someone proof-read your CV before submitting it.
- Make it simple and easy to read. CVs are often scanned into a database, so simple typefaces are best. Keep in mind that certain types of software can’t read special designs or bold typefaces, which means the CV won’t make it into the database.
- Information that is tailored to the job you’re seeking, highlighting your unique capabilities, awards, professional memberships and any other information that relates to the position.
What to avoid when writing your CV?
- Avoid unclear information. Use facts and measurable results wherever possible.
- Don’t use the words “I” and “me.” State the information as directly and clearly as possible (eg, “Received an Employee of the Month Award.”)
- Covering up gaps in employment history. These can be explained during the interview process.
- Avoid Information that does not apply to the job you are seeking and be more specific.
- Reasons for leaving a prior job.
- If you need help to write your resume let us know. We will send you a template.