Many take CV writing with a pinch of salt thinking that this is just the tip of the iceberg when applying for a job. Undoubtedly, if done correctly a professional CV increases the chance of being selected for an interview. Therefore, it is worth spending some time and effort on the content and presentation of this document. After all, it is through this document that you have the chance to sell your skills and competences to your potential future employer.
It is of utmost importance that you present your skills and expertise in the most orderly manner. Many employers go to great lengths in observing even the most minute of details. In addition, the fact that it is written in a clear and concise manner as well as written in proper grammar says a lot about potential employees.
Your CV should definitely include the following sections:
– Personal details – include your name, address, phone number and email address. Should you wish you can also include your nationality, gender and date of birth.
– Key skills– include any skills that you have learnt such as IT skills.
– Employment history– Start with your latest employment and work backwards. You should include the dates of employment, the job title, company as well as responsibilities and duties.
– Education and qualifications– Write in order the qualifications you have acquired. Ex. SEC Certificate, MATSEC, etc, along with the grades acquired.
– Interests – This is an optional criterion where you have the chance to portray your personality.
Most people opt to have a master document and adjust the position being applied for before sending their CV.
Key points that you should always keep in mind:
– Update regularly- keep your master document updated with any skills and achievement you achieve. They may not seem important to you at the time, but when applying for a job, everything counts
– Don’t exaggerate- there is no need to write paragraphs of details. You will be explaining in detail through the interview
– Use plain font and minimum number of effects- make sure your CV is professional by using a plain font and removing any bold, italic effect.
A CV provides a first impression before the interviewer actually meets you. Most of all, it portrays your character and skills, not only your qualifications. As William B. Given Jr said: “There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.”
Look out for our next post on the Europass CV format!