The primary purpose of the CV is to get you an interview. The information the employer is looking for must be in your CV.
The reader should not have to make assumptions about your previous positions… give them all the facts. Remember that the employers objective is to match a CV to a specific job specification.
Your CV is also your presentation to the employer, it should read almost like a cue card.
The preferred sequence of the CV is:
- Personal & Contact Information.
- Computer Skills.
- Work Experience (Starting with the most recent position).
- Hobbies and Interests.
- References (It is enough to say ‘References available upon request’).
- Keep your CV concise and to the point.
- Aim to focus the CV and contents on the position on offer, highlighting the most relevant topics first.
- Use bullet points.
- Make factual statements rather than colourful self-assessments.
- Know your CV thoroughly and be able to give specific examples to verify the information listed.
- Ensure that there are no time gaps in your employment history… know your dates.
- Prepare a word-processed CV (Always Spell Check!).
- Choose a style/layout and keep this format throughout the CV.
- Address the CV to the correct person.
On completion of your CV ask yourself:
- Does the CV represent you, your skills and abilities?
- Is it ‘user friendly’ (easy to read)?
- Are you proud of it?
- Did you include all relevant information?
Remember, there is no such thing as ‘The Perfect CV’. There is always room for improvement.