How to write a CV
Use job specific language or 'buzzwords' where possible witin
your CV, as well as action words to engage your audience and
avoid ambiguity. Words that end in "ed" such as 'achieved,
delivered and devised' help keep your CV brief, and when used
in your responsibility and achievement section, convey a sense of
power, influence, and level of accountability.
Use bullet points where possible to describe your
responsibilities and achievements as these are easier to follow
during an initial scan.
Sections you should include are:
Start with your full
name, address, contact phone number and email address.
Objective or Summary
Use an objective when you know exactly what position you are looking for and have
specific career goals. If you are unsure of your immediate career
goals, use a summary to describe your previous skills and
List all your relevant school
and academic training you have gained including high school and
university degrees. Always start with your highest educational
achievement, or current studies, and highlight projects or courses
that will interest the reader.
List your previous job
roles, including your current role if employed. Describe your key
responsibilities and achievements within each job role. You may
wish to include volunteer work here as well.
List professional qualifications and certifications that you have
acquired. These demonstrate your willingness to further your
education and gain valuable new skills that directly relate to your
Employers scan a CV looking
for key skills, so take some time to describe your skills and areas
in which you excel. Remember to focus on those skills that relate
directly to the job you are applying for.
List achievements and
accomplishments to add credibility to your CV. You may describe
awards and special commendations that are outside your professional
and educational experiences.
Hobbies and interests
give a valuable insight into the type of individual you are.
Remember to only mention activities that you actively involved in.
A referee is a personal or
professional contact who can provide additional information to an
employer to give an insight into your work ethic and work-related
abilities. They may be a close family friend or a previous