When it comes to job hunting, your CV is everything. With a great CV, you’ll have an interview in no time, but a wrong one, and you may face rejection after rejection simply because you can’t express yourself. Every CV is different as you want to show why your qualifications and skills makes you the best candidate for the position you’re applying for at that moment. However, all CVs follow a similar structure. The first impressions that you create is everything, especially when applying for a job.

What is a CV?

A CV, which stands for curriculum vitae, is the main document used when applying for a job. It allows you to summarise your education, skills, qualifications and experience enabling you to successfully sell your abilities to potential employers. In Latin, the phrase “curriculum vitae” means “course of life.”

What to include in your CV

CURRUCULUM VITAE, CV
CURRUCULUM VITAE, CV

1. Personal details:

It may sound as business as usual, but you’d be stunned by how many applicants forget to include their name, phone number, email and physical address. To avoid any awkward moments, make sure these are clearly presented at the top of your CV for ease of access. ‘Curriculum Vitae’ is the best title – not your name.

2. Personal statement

As it’s the first item that’s seen on your curriculum vitae, your personal statement is a crucial part of standing out from the masses. It clarifies what you’re contributing, what you’re looking for and who you are. The objective is to prove why you’re appropriate in one short and clear and precise paragraph.

3. Work experience:

This segment should comprise all of your significant work experience, stating with the most recent first. Include your job title, the name of the organization, time spent in post, and your key responsibilities.

4. Achievements:

This is your opportunity to show how your previous working experience, has equipped you with the skills. This are the skills that you will use to make you the most appropriate candidate. List all of your applicable skills and achievements (supporting them up with examples), and make it clear how you would apply these skills to bring success to that role.

5. Education:

Your educational experience and accomplishments should be listed here. You should also include the type of qualification the date and sometimes the grade you achieved. Even though, the exact parts of education that you might decide to include in your curriculum vitae will depend on your individual situation. For example, if you have more academic achievements than working experience, placing an importance on this segment is a good idea.

6. Hobbies and interests:

It’s not a must for you to always include your hobbies and interests in your CV. However, point out relevant ones could add more weight to your abilities and help you to stand out from the masses. Just don’t write things for the sake of it such as you enjoy going out with friends. If it’s not adding value, forget it.

When filling in the sections, always keep in mind the golden curriculum vitae formatting rules:

  1. Use a font that’s clear and easy to read
  2. Be consistent with your CV layout
  3. Do not cram your CV with funky graphics
  4. Unless you are asked for your photos there’s no need for them in your curriculum vitae
  5. Make your curriculum vitae relevant, brief and straight to the point.

Click on this link to download a sample CV

Once you’ve put together your CV – don’t assume it’s finished.

Job aren’t the same and altering your CV as a result, is important to standing out. Edit it using the job description whenever you make an application, and you’ll be able to ensure it matches the specifications every time. This will give you a higher conversion in getting the interview.

Happy Job Hunting.