Curriculum vitae mean’s the “passage of life” this one or two page document is the key for securing job interviews. Your CV needs to be targeted for the position you are applying for – do not use a general CV, target each CV to each position you are interested in.
To target your CV, read the job specification and add the essential criteria you possess recorded on the job specification to your CV – employers have an idea of the person they require and what skills and qualities they would prefer the potential employee to possess, as they initially skim through your CV they search for their essential criteria, if this is recorded on your Curriculum Vitae you will have a better chance of gaining a job interview.
The layout of your CV is important, on average employers spend around 30 seconds initially “skimming” through your CV, this due to the amount of CVs employers receive for every advertised job role, if your CV makes it through the first stage your CV will be read in more detail as they consider you for the position.
Keep your CV to 1 or 2 pages, use Headings and Breakers to split up the CV text, making it easier for the employer to read.
What to put on a CV.
Remember to target your CV to each position, if need you can use a CV Writing Service to create you targeted CV to gain you more job interviews.
Record your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Ensure your telephone (and especially your mobile) number is correct, due to the amount of times individuals change mobile phone companies and numbers, people often forget to update their CV.
Also use a professional sounding e-mail address.
A personal profile is a paragraph around 4-5 lines recording all your key skills and qualities that are needed for the job you are applying for. This is often the most important part of the CV, as this is often the first section on the CV an employer looks for and reads. Ensure your personal paragraph shows you in your most positive light.
Start with your current or last job and work backwards; record the company you work for (company name) date you worked there (just add the years you worked as this will help delete small periods of unemployment) job title and duties.
Keep your duties brief and relevant to the new job you are applying for. Often people will record information they felt was important, where you need to record the information and duties your potential new employer wants to know about.
Qualifications and Education.
Record the education establishment, years attended and qualification achieved. Record qualifications achieved at school/college/university and qualifications achieved in employment.
Hobbies and Interest.
To end your CV record what you enjoy doing in your spare time, if possible record information that again is relevant to the job you are applying for. Never record “socialising with friends” as this is often mistaken for “drinking with friends”
Record any Volunteering experience as many employers enjoy see this very positively as it shows, commitment and dedication.
You can either record your references, or record “references available on Request” As most employers will only ask for your references during or after the interview section of the application process.
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