6 Important Details To Prepare Your CV

What is a CV ?

A CV (curriculum vitae) is a short list of facts about you and your work history, skills and experience.

A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right so it sells you to an employer.

Your CV should:

* be neat, typed if possible and to the best standard you can achieve in content and layout

* be short, two sides of a sheet of A4 paper is normally enough

* be positive, it should emphasize your achievements, strengths, successes and how you have contributed to your employers making a profit (add figures to support facts whenever you can and use positive action words, for example: ‘consulting’, ‘negotiating’, ‘managing’ and so on)

* make a good impression, this means presenting the facts about yourself in a clear and positive way

What to include

There is no set format.

How you present your CV is up to you.

However, you should include at least the following:

* your name
* your address
* your phone number
* your email address (if you have one)
* your career history

  Contact Details is Very Important !

Put your most recent job first and include dates. Employers will be more interested in what you have done recently.

 Don’t leave gaps between dates, because employers will want to know what you did during those periods.

If you don’t have much work experience, you could include temporary, holiday, part time or voluntary jobs too.

 If you’ve had many different jobs, emphasize the skills and experience you have gained across those jobs (for example, skills in dealing with customers or communication skills).

Here are some examples you may want to include:

1. A personal profile

This is a short statement at the beginning of your CV to sell yourself, to show your skills, experience and personal qualities.

You could include positive words such as ‘competent’, ‘adaptable’, and ‘conscientious’.

Tailor the statement to the requirements of each job that you apply for, so that you make it clear to the employer that you’re the right person for the job.

2. Achievements

Mention things you did well in your past jobs which could be relevant to the job you’re applying for.

3. Qualifications and training

Include any qualifications and training from previous jobs (for example, training in health and safety or a certificate in food hygiene), put the most recent first, include qualifications you got from school or college.

4. Interests

These can support your application if your hobbies and leisure activities highlight responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for, perhaps you belong to a club or society which you organize activities for, or you use leadership skills or teamwork as part of the activity.

5. Other information

It is up to you whether to include this, but it can be helpful if there are gaps in your CV.

If you had a career break because you were caring for children or elderly relatives, make this a positive thing and think about the skills you used doing this.

If the job you are applying for is different from what you have done in the past, explain why you are interested in the new type of work.

6. References

You may not want to include these details on your CV but it’s good to have two or more people who can provide a work or personal reference.

Ideally, one should be your most recent employer but if you haven’t worked for a while it could be someone who has known you for a long time who can comment on your qualities in relation to the job.

You should ask the person to agree to this beforehand.

Ask a friend or relative to read through your CV to make sure it is accurate and that it shows your skills in a positive way.


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