A good CV is essential when looking for work, especially when there are high volumes of candidates applying for the same job, but what should it contain?
1) Personal details
It may sound obvious but you’d be surprised how many people forget to include their name, email, contact phone number and address. Make sure these details are clearly marked on the top of your CV
2) Personal Statement
Although optional, many jobseekers choose to include a person statement on their CV as it’s a good opportunity to tell an employer about your suitability for the job. Keep it short and sweet and be sure to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to the role you are applying for.
3) Work Experience
This section should include your recent work experience, going back no further than 10 years. When listing these work experiences include your job title, time in post, employer and list of responsibilities. Remember to list your most recent role first!!
List relevant skill and achievements obtained from previous jobs, giving clear examples of how you would apply these to a new role
List formal qualifications and any work training and development courses undertaken either independently or during previous periods of employment
6) Hobbies & Interests
Only include if they are genuine pastimes. There is no point listing that you are sociable or that your enjoy going to the cinema for the sake of it.
Remember your CV is a reflection of yourself, so it’s important that it’s well laid out and looks professional and above all is proof read