So, first thing’s first! What is a CV?
CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, which is actually Latin for ‘course of life’. It is a summary of all your skills, experience and education. A CV is the difference between unemployment and employment.
How long should a CV be?
A standard British CV should be no longer than three pages long and preferably covered on two pages.
Where do you start when writing your CV?
You should begin with a personal profile. This isn’t a necessity however having one will definitely help your CV stand out. A profile is a concise statement that highlights your main strengths and/or reasons for deciding to work in a particular field. Think about and include a few relevant achievements and skills whilst still expressing your career aims.
How should a CV be set out?
- Personal details at the top.
- A short punchy personal profile outlining the above.
- Education and Qualifications after that.
- Then, your work history. Below is how a job role should look!
January 2011 – June 2016
- In clear
- BULLET POINTS
- Interest’s should be at the bottom of the CV.
- Followed by references – “References available upon request”
What to include and what not to include.
- Current experience should be as detailed as possible, outlining everything you are involved with in your current position.
- Gaps on your CV should be covered so clients do not ask questions.
- Do not add pictures or statements about any of your personal life.
- Keep the CV short but detailed, covering any questions the client may have.
We hope this guides you to create the best CV ever! Include all of the things in your ‘course of life’ and you will be snapped up in no time! Thank you for reading!