What are the most important aspects of your CV? Find out in just 6 short steps!
Step 1: Personal Details
- Phone numbers
- Email address
- LinkedIn username or hyperlink to your profile
It is no longer necessary to include your date of birth or marital status!
Step 2: Personal Profile / Career Objectives
A brief introductory paragraph to highlight your suitability to the position, your relevant soft skills and where your previous experience matches the current requirements.
- Try to avoid common clichés such as team player, dependable, committed, etc.
- Amend the personal profile part of your CV for each individual application – this will ensure it stands out and doesn’t come across as too generic.
Step 3: Education & Professional Qualifications
- List the most recent first, including graduation year and University/Institute names
- State the level of your qualifications (e.g. Diploma, Ordinary Degree, Honours Degree, Masters or Level 6, 7, 8 or 9) – many organisations have minimum qualification requirements for certain roles
- Include professional memberships
- Include any other relevant training
Step 4: Work History and Achievements
- Outline in detail your work history beginning with the most recent.
- Use bold font to highlight company name, the position you held and dates of employment.
- Use bullet points to list responsibilities and achievements.
- Remember to include your start and finish dates (e.g. March 2016 – December 2019).
- Explain any ‘gaps’ in employment (e.g. Return to full-time education or Travelling).
List in bullet point format any additional skills or achievements that are relevant for your career, e.g.
- Specific computer systems.
- Technical skills you are proficient in.
- Fluency in other languages.
- Busy interviewers love bullet points as they keep your points neat and concise.
- Lead with your strongest section – if your education is stronger than your career history put this in first and vice versa.
Step 5: Hobbies and Interests
Outline what you like to do in your spare time – many organisations like to see a healthy work-life balance and often your leisure interests say a lot about the type of person you are. They may also reflect the qualities relevant to the role you are applying for.
Step 6: References
You can provide contact details of your referees, but it is perfectly acceptable to state ‘Available on Request’.
If you are listing referees, make sure that
- They are relevant to the sector you are applying to.
- They are happy to provide a reference for you.
- Their contact details are up to date.