Essentials of a CV

What is a CV?

A CV is known as a Curriculum Vitae or resume. It’s an essential part of any job search whereby your skills, experiences and qualifications are all written down.

What is a CV used for?

It is submitted for job applications accompanied with a cover letter or personal statements. The employer will assess your skills, qualifications and experiences against the job applied and if successful, you will be invited for an interview.

What format should a CV be?

It should be simple, detailed, easily communicated and coherent.

What is required in a CV?

  • Contact Details (name, address, phone number and email)
  • Profile ( career summary about yourself & reason for applying)
  • Keys Skills or Area of Expertise
  • Employment History
  • Qualifications and Continuing Professional Developments
  • Hobbies/Interest/Voluntary Commitments
  • References

Types of CV

There are different types of CVs which are varied by job specifications or experiences

  • Chronological CV (the most common type of CV containing detail of education, work, experiences and hobbies)
  • Creative CV (for media jobs to assess candidate’s creativity)
  • Technical CV (mostly IT-based positions)
  • Academic CV (lecturing or research positions)
  • Skills-based CV (candidate with little work experience or gap in employment)
  • Teaching CV (teaching positions)

How many Pages should a CV Be?

Majority of employers (67%) would prefer no more than two pages long while 23% of employers won’t mind or have no preference.

Common CV Mistakes to Avoid

  • Lack of tailoring CV to job specification.
  • Failure to proofread for spellings and grammatical errors.
  • Avoid putting all the names of your passport which can it difficult for employer to address you. e.g “Helen Mary Catherine Bold” should be “Helen Bold” or “Helen M Bold”.
  • Don’t include your date of birth, age and national insurance number
  • The profile section should be straight to the point and sound objective, professional and distinctive. e.g an experience photographer or graduate research professional.
  • State your role, name of organisation, month and year you started and finished the role. Be open and clear about gaps in your employment history.

Wish you success in your job hunt.

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