A CV or curriculum vitae, is a written description of your work experience, educational background and skills.
It is your key to open doors to be invited to interview and should tell an employer why you are the right candidate for the job. It should reflect you as an individual, your skills and experience and also match the requirements of the employer. Consider that employers spend as little as 30 seconds scanning a CV for the keywords they want to see – matching you to the job description they have advertised. This means that you should tailor your CV for each job application.
Personal Details (Address, Contact number, email address)
If it’s a mobile remember to keep it charged and when you’re applying for jobs always answer the phone as if it might be a potential employer and not your mate!
Remember the employer will see your email address! A good example might be firstname.lastname@example.org If you use email@example.com for example you are less likely to be considered for the job!
Sell yourself to the employer. Summarise your employability skills e.g. I’m a great team worker but always explain why e.g. I’ve played on the same football team for 5 years. Give any previous achievements and explain how they make you suitable for the job.
List jobs in date order, starting with the most recent/current first. State Job Title, dates of employment (MM/YY-MM/YY), Company Name and Location. Then briefly explain your role, responsibilities and any key achievements – bullet point sentences are fine here as they make the content easy to read.
Education & Qualifications
List your education in date order, starting with the most recent first. State School/College name, Location, dates you attended (MM/YY-MM/YY), grades you achieved.
When describing your interests, try to relate these to employability skills that are valued by employers such as team working, leadership, good communication skills, reliability, eagerness to learn and self-motivation.
Check carefully for spelling mistakes. Employers reject CVs for this simple reason.
Employers are looking for CVs that are personalised to the job you are applying for. They can spot a standardised CV at first glance.
Please click here to download an example of a CV
Here’s some advice from the employers we interviewed: