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How to write a good CV (Curricullum Vitae)

Posted by Site Admin on Monday, July 9, 2012 Under: How to?

A great CV can occasionally itself secure you a job, especially if you are applying for temporary work. At the very least, a strong CV will ensure you promote yourself to your best advantage and help secure interviews.

There is no single way to construct a CV; it is your document and can be structured and presented as you wish within the basic framework set out below.

What information should a CV include?

  • Personal details. Most CVs start with these but take care to avoid superfluous details, such as religious affiliation, children's names and so on.
  • Education and qualifications. Take care to include the names of institutions and dates attended in reverse order; university before school results.
  • Work experience. The most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological CV. Career history is presented in reverse date order starting with most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role. More emphasis/information should be put on more recent jobs.

A functional CV can sometimes be more appropriate, for example if you have held a number of unrelated jobs. This presentation emphasises key skills which can be grouped together under suitable headings. However, career progression and the nature of jobs held can be unclear with this type of CV.

  • Skills. Include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role applied for.
  • Hobbies and Interests. Keep this section short.
  • Referees. These can simply be ‘Available on request'.

The order in which you present these, and the emphasis which you give to each one will depend on what you are applying for and what you have to offer.


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