- Attracts attention
- Requires a second look
- Excites the reader enough to want to see you.
An appealing CV works for you because it will get you an interview. It also forms the basis of positive discussions at the interview because it highlights your achievements and promotes your skills in a positive and professional way.
Provide evidence in your CV:
Tell the truth. It is very important.
Work out what qualifications, experience, and skills are required for the job you are considering and think of what you have done that matches those attributes, all of them.
Be specific, focused, and factual and give full explicit details and provide evidence for any claims you make. For example, if you claim to be a good receptionist then explain exactly what you did in your job that demonstrated this claim.
Make sure the spellings are correct. Get at least two people to check and read your cv.
Don’t use the word ‘I’.
Start every sentence with a verb or action word.
Print to good quality plain white A4 paper only.
Keep sentences short.
Use past tense.
What not to include in a CV:
Do not include any negatives or anything critical.
Chronological or Functional:
A chronological style CV is the most common format and is preferred by employers. With a chronological style CV, your work history and education entries are sorted by date in order of most recent first.
Concentrate mostly on achievements, not just responsibilities. Show what you achieved for the company during your work there.
Include any voluntary or work placement activities. The employer will be interested in the quality of experience whether or not it was paid.
When listing your various jobs, include details which illustrate exactly how they have given you the skills which will be useful.
Don’t belittle or undervalue your experience. It is up to you to demonstrate how and why they have given you useful skills.
Include honors if awarded.
Give more detail to the higher qualifications listed such as degrees and masters.
Give full course details and dates.
If you do not have any formal qualifications then show you successfully completed other educational courses or training such as night school, continuing education, seminars, or workshops.
Write ‘degree expected’ if you have not yet graduated.
You can include:
- computing skills
- published works
- membership of relevant professional bodies, clubs or societies
When listing languages make sure you include your level such as fluent, intermediate, or basic.
For computing skills, make sure you mention the packages you have used such as Microsoft Word, Pastel etc.
Show your ability to type quickly and accurately by including the words per minute (wpm) you can type.
Below is a guideline as to what to include in a DETAILED CURRICULUM VITAE bearing in mind that you are marketing yourself:
Curriculum Vitae Format
Your Contact Information
Name (Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Driver’s License Number
List in chronological order (recent ones first), dates of employment, position held, duties covered on a day to day basis
Research and Training
List in chronological order (recent ones first), the college/university attended
Certifications and Accreditations
Include dates, majors, and details of degrees, training and certification
At least 2 or 3 references will be required
1 or 2 work references and 1 character reference
Please note that the character reference should not come from a family member. It should be a friend, workmate or anyone who has known you for more than 2 years
Make sure that the references you submit are contactable and that the numbers are current and up to date