CV stands for curriculum vitae and is often asked for by employers when applying for a new job. A CV is all about you and is a summary of your experience, skills and education.
Your CV is usually the first piece of information a potential employer will receive about you so it is vitally important that your CV demonstrates why you are the perfect candidate.
We have included some key CV writing tips to help you create the perfect first impression.
Getting the basics right
Make sure your CV includes the following basic information all about you:
- Personal and contact information, including a professional email address.
- Education and qualifications, including your GCSEs and particularly your maths and English grades.
- Career history and/or work experience, with the date and month you were employed.
- Key skills and attributes, for example building strong relationships with children and parents.
- Achievements, such as employee awards, charity work, awards while at school or college.
Presentation is Key
The presentation of your CV reflects you as an individual, so make sure your CV is:
- Clearly and well presented.
- Accurate, with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Clean and well structured, using bold font and subtitles to identify the different sections clearly.
- Presented with key information in the upper middle section.
- Kept in a presentation folder to avoid folding and becoming dog-eared.
No more than 2 pages of A4
With many applications received for one role, your CV must:
- Be clear and concise. Hiring manager will be likely to scan read so avoid paragraphs.
- Use Bullet points.
- Detail your most recent experience first.
- Highlight job suitability.
Skills and experiences
Skills and experiences are very important and unique to you, so make sure your skills and experiences are:
- Relevant and help you stand out from the crowd. Examples of skills are: communication, team working and problem solving, as well as voluntary work and being part of a sports team.
- Communicated assertively with positive language i.e. Implemented, Organised, Achieved.
- Varied. Your hobbies and interests might include playing badminton for a local team or helping out at your local stables. These activities show commitment, team work and productive use of time so be sure to include any extra-curricular activities that you currently do.
Your experiences and skills are continually evolving so make sure your CV is updated regularly. This will:
- Provide up to date information, with new contact details, skills, qualifications and experiences.
- Show an accurate snapshot of your suitability.
- Show your commitment to your application and search for a new job.