A CV is often all a prospective employer has to judge you on, so it is vital to create the right first impression. It is one thing to find the job you are looking for but it is quite another to ensure that you are successful in winning it. Charles Peters have put together a number of points to bear in mind when you are preparing your own CV.
Information required on a CV includes:
Personal Details – Name, Address, Phone numbers and Email address.
Personal Profile – This is optional, it is a snapshot at the top of the CV encouraging the potential employer to read on
Key Achievements – Any big highlights in your career; awards or incentives you have won i.e. top performer for 2009/2010
Employment – List the most recent first – a website address for each company may also be useful. Detail product/service you were selling, target market (i.e. SMEs, Blue Chips), target sector (i.e. Oil and Gas, Manufacturing etc), average order value, targets and how you achieved against them.
Education – Brief List of all qualifications
Skills – Use specific skills like IT, Typing speeds, languages etc Hobbies and Interests – This is also optional, this allows you to personalise your CV but don’t over do it.
References – Either provide name and address or state ‘references will be supplied on request’
As a general rule a CV may only get 60 seconds of an employers time so it is critical to create an impression. The content needs to be well organised in a confident and positive tone. Make your CV relevant to the job application and focus on achievements. Make sure you proof read it and use good quality paper.
It is recommended that you keep your CV brief by cutting out the waffle. Two to three pages is generally sufficient, use techniques such as bullet pointing etc to help make your CV easier to read.
Look at the information held on your CV and think, ‘Does this help your case?’ If it doesn’t then you should simply leave it out.
Concentrate on your most recent history and only summarise older less relevant employment, as employers are most interested in you latest 2-3 positions and achievements.
Interests and Activities
Keep this brief and only list ‘recent’ or ‘current’ interests and activities.
Use a typeface that is easy on the eye, either arial or times new roman. You should use upper and lower case appropriately, never create a CV in Uppercase text. You should use anything from 10pt to 12pt text size and use bullet points to create definition.
There are various websites available that will offer advice on style and layout of a CV. See useful links below.
www.cvtips.com – Free resume/cv examples and templates, cover letter tips, interview techniques etc.
www.cvwriting.net – Easy to use instant CV builder with advice, tips & guides.
www.cv-service.org – Free CV samples, CV templates, resume writing services.