Your CV is a very important document and needs to represent you in the best possible light and should focus a potential employer on your skills and experience which are relevant to the job. A potential employer wants CVs which are clear and easy to read. Having the correct layout will lead them through your work-life history in a clear and concise manner.

 

STEP 1

Put your name in the header and your contact details in the footer. Why? If the company photocopy your CV to pass to colleagues and they have several other CVs, this ensures that all the pages of your CV are easily identifiable.

STEP 2

Start with your personal profile. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression. It should highlight your key features including your career objective. It should be punchy and precise and relevant to the position you are applying for.

STEP 3

Follow on from your personal profile with your specific work related qualifications. Include languages, IT and driving skills, if relevant to the position. If your qualifications are general and/or academic and not relevant to the job, then put them after your Work Experience.

STEP 4

Your work experience should come next, starting with your current or most recent job and going backwards chronologically. Describe areas of achievement as well as responsibilities Only elaborate on previous work if it’s relevant to the role you are applying for. Include any voluntary or work placements which show the quality of your experience and/or skills, whether it was through paid or unpaid work. Don’t undervalue yourself, this is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have gained the skills and experience which this employer wants. If you don’t have any specialist skills or relevant experience emphasise transferable skills such as n Communication skills n Planning & organising skills n Ability to work with others n Ability to work under pressure Don’t include any negative comments regarding past employment or past employers.

STEP 5

If you haven’t already mentioned specific qualifications, here is the place to list your general and academic qualifications. Don’t include poor grades or failed exams.

 

STEP 6

Finish with your Personal Summary which could include:

  • Contact details
  • Having a driving licence
  • Membership of relevant clubs or societies
  • Relevant interests
  • Any other relevant information