CV Writing Basics

by Maria Gibson

A well written CV will increase your chances of being selected for a job interview.

When you have a well written and professional CV, it can make all the difference between job searching and job finding!

The first part of your curriculum vitae will consist of basic information like your full name and contact details. Always try to provide your prospective employer more than one way of contacting you. A direct phone number or mobile and email address would be ideal.

Adding further personal details like Age, Gender & Nationality is optional but not essential. In the current market it is less common to include this information. This may depend on the country that you are residing in and also the job industry that you work in.

Always remember that all of your information should be up to date.

What is your career goal? Consider where you want to be and what your ambitions are; this should be no longer than three concise lines.

Following your career objective, write about your academic background and qualifications. Start with your most recent studies and make sure that you write down the name of the institute as well as the dates of course taken.

After your academic background section, include your work experience starting with the role you are in or last position held. Remember to mention your job title, job description and length of time in each position. Your job descriptions should be straightforward and to the point, ideally using bullets to list all your main tasks.

Finally, remember to make sure that you have contact information for your previous employers.

When you are looking to register your CV on the leading job boards and CV databases, keep in mind that they often make use of in-house software to complete their searches, based on specific key words. It is therefore imperative that you also include any skills, training, software knowledge and achievements.

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