Your CV is a selling tool for getting you a face to face interview. Your CV needs to be concise, in your usual writing style, free of grammar and spelling mistakes, whilst clearly detailing your relevant skills and experience.
The most common parts included in a CV should be:
- Personal details – name, address, phone numbers, email etc
- Personal Profile – one paragraph in length
- Key Skills and Experience – paragraph and/or bullet points
- Career History – role, responsibilities and achievements include Month / Year dates
- Education, Training & Qualifications including Month/Year achieved
- Personal Interests & hobbies
- Referee’s – ‘Referee details can be supplied on request’
Graduates with less than two years relevant work experience should include a one page academic transcript including subjects taken and results achieved. Any serious employer will wish to see your elective papers and yearly results.
Employment History is the Key
Employment History is the Key section a prospective employer reads, so for each of your roles please include the following information:
- Detail your roles in chronological order – current role first
- Company Name, Job Title & Description – include a clear, succinct description of the type of company and industry operating in
- Dates – provide month/year details for each employer and position – never year alone
- Responsibilities – under each role, briefly describe the scope of the project / role and your main responsibilities, size of the team, budget responsibilities etc.
- Follow this with 3 – 5 achievements demonstrating your involvement and results – consider the benefits that you delivered
- Be specific by giving quantitative and qualitative support – how many people, increased profit, cost savings, how well you managed the project, level of responsibility, where you fit in the team, etc
- Avoid excessive jargon – think concise, succinct, and accurate.
Personal Interests & hobbies – Your hobbies and interests hint at who you might be outside of work, how you might fit into a team, and can give lasting impressions.
Mention any charity work, clubs / associations you are involved with, as employers often consider these later in the recruitment process.
Your thinking process
Most employers also wish to read a sample of one of your written reports to understand your thinking process’s and how you arrived at your conclusions, use of logic / theory / solutions supplied etc.
We recommend you avoid
- Complicated graphics, boxes, photo’s, scanned references
- Sending a CV over four pages in total length
- Exaggerating anything in your CV including experience / qualifications / skill sets
- ‘Fluff’ to pad-out a CV – quality not quantity is the key.
- Duplicating / Cutting & Pasting achievements