CV - Curriculum Vitae
Getting that dream job starts with making sure you have a professional CV.
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CV PREPARATION TIPS
Your CV is the first thing a recruiter or a prospective employer will see about you. Essentially, your CV is your marketing tool. You have to ensure that it is an accurate representation of who you are. Here are some CV Preparation Tips:
- The information on your CV should be up to date and accurate.
- Do not include unnecessary personal details, e.g. religious affiliation, the names of your children.
- Your CV format should make your CV easy to read and understand.
- It should be easy to distinguish between the different sections of your CV.
- Keep your CV concise and to-the-point.
- Although your full career history should be displayed, emphasize the last 5 to 7 years of experience.
- List your roles within different companies in reverse chronological order.
- List your job duties in bullet-point form.
- Highlight your achievements.
- Gaps in career history should be explained.
- Your CV should be checked carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Ask an 'independent' party to review the whole document before you send it out.
- Avoid too much colour, fancy borders, shading, or cute graphic designs. Use white paper.
- Give your CV document a professional file name, e.g. Surname, Name_CV.
1. Personal Particulars
- Contact information (full name, residential address, cell phone number, email address).
- State whether you have a driver’s license and your own car, or not.
- Language proficiency.
Brief, focused statement of the type of job and industry you seek and / or experience you have.
- Use reverse chronological order, listing your most recently completed qualification first and ending with your high school.
- Provide full details, such as institution name, full name of course / qualification, date completed.
- List your professional certifications, if applicable.
4. Work Experience
- Include company name, your job title(s) within the company, dates of employment, and reason for leaving.
- Use reverse chronological order (listing your current / most recent employer first).
- Responsibilities and Achievements should be listed (in bullet-point form) against each role.
- More emphasis should be placed on more recent jobs.
Such as computer skills.
6. Reference Particulars
- List your referees’ name and surname, job title, the company you worked at together, and their updated contact details.
- Your referees should be people you report to directly / have reported to in the past.
- Do not list your current Manager, if he / she is not aware that you are looking for another job.