A CV (curriculum vitae) is essential when applying for most jobs. It sets out your education and work experience in a standard way that makes it easy for potential employers to consider you for a job. Your CV is the best way to sell yourself to an employer and needs to be put together carefully. You should always accompany your CV with a letter explaining why your education, skills and experience make you suitable for the job.
Tips for creating a good CV:
- Keep it short. Your CV should be no more than two sides of A4 paper. Make it punchy and emphasise relevant information. Focus on achievements. Recruiters will only look at your CV briefly, so make it count.
- Add impact by writing a 'profile statement'. This is a paragraph that summarises your particular strengths and what you have to offer.
- Include standard sections on personal and contact information, education and qualifications, work history, skills, interests and references.
- Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. Emphasise the skills that make you suitable for the job, for example IT skills, communication, teamworking or problem solving ability. The more relevant your CV is to the job you are applying for, the more likely you will be called for an interview. With CivvyStreet CV Builder you can create as many versions of your CV online as you like.
- Do not leave gaps in dates.
- Organise your information logically and check your spelling and grammar.
- Keep it updated. If you gain new skills, qualifications or experience, make sure you include them.