The Importance of a Good CV

Your CV is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A top-quality CV will considerably boost your chance of getting a face-to-face interview, so it is worth spending time and effort on the content and presentation. It will make all the difference in obtaining the position you want. You must therefore highlight your skills, expertise and value.

Make sure that you are concise and accurate. Your CV should not, generally, be longer than two pages, so make sure that you tailor it specifically to the job you are applying for and include the skills, qualifications and experience which are most suited to the job. An employer will want to find the following information in your CV:

Personal details – Include your name and address, a phone number, and your email address. Add your nationality, gender, ethnicity, date of birth, your health condition and expected salary.

Personal profile – Your career goals – It is good to include your enthusiasm about the field you work in and what motivates you about the industry. Use keywords and keep it brief and concise.

Key Skills – Include any skills you have learnt such as secretarial or IT skills. Explain what you think your personal skills are.

Employment history – Start with your current or last employer and work backwards. You should include the dates of employment, your job title, name of employer, nature of business, responsibilities, duties and achievements. Try not to leave gaps in your employment history; if you do, it is advisable to account for such times.

Education and qualifications – Write in chronological order a brief list of school, college and university qualifications, together with the grades you obtained. Then list any further qualifications you have obtained, together with the names of the awarding bodies. If you are currently studying for a qualification, mention it together with any results achieved so far.

References – There is no need to write the details of your referees on your CV. Simply state that they are available on request, but make sure that you know who your referees are and that you have asked their permission to use them. If you do write your referees on your CV make sure that you have the designation of that referee and contact number correct.

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