The best way to look at a CV is to see it as a ‘marketing tool’ or a ‘sales brochure’ where you sell your skills, qualities, expertise and potential to a prospective employer
This section must contain the following information in chronological order:
- Your name: written in big bold letters and centred on the page
- Your contact details: address, mobile number and e-mail address
When writing your personal profile, ensure it is:
- Short (no more than 5 lines);
- Relevant to the job you are applying for, and;
- Contains some real-world examples.
What types of achievements should you include in this section? Well, any accomplishments that portray you in a positive light are worth considering, including:
- Awards won
- Trained or educated others
- Completed important projects on time and within budget
- Increased sales figures (by such-and-such %)
- Saved time by coming up with efficient methods and tools
- Qualifications gained
- Good results in examinations and tests
- Leader/captain/manager in some club or organisation
- Anticipated in the organisation of fun fairs, open days, etc.
Courses that you can list here:
- Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
- A-Levels, BTECs and other college-level courses
It is also perfectly fine to list down any additional training/qualifications that you have received. In our example, however, we have included a separate “Qualifications” section below to separate the education from the professional training.
The following are some of the jobs that you can include under this section:
- Permanent and temporary jobs
- Full-time and part-time jobs
- Weekend and summer jobs
- Voluntary positions
- Industrial placements and internships
Each entry should be accompanied by the following information:
- The name of the company you have worked in
- The start and end dates (from-to)
- Your job title
- Your primary duties and responsibilities
In this section, you can list down the names of the qualifications that you have achieved accompanied by the following information:
- The issuer/training provider
- The level of the qualification (if applicable)
- The validity/expiry date of the certificate (if applicable)
There are a broad range of skills that you can mention, such as:
- IT Skills – being able to use the computer to accomplish tasks
- Communication – being able to listen/talk to people in a constructive manner
- Interpersonal – The way you relate and interact with others
- Numerical – being able to handle numbers, maths, estimations, etc.
- Analytical – being able to give meaning to data, analyse information
- Problem-solving – being able to offer solutions to problems
- Teamwork – being able to work with other people to achieve a common goal
- Leadership – being able to take responsibility, lead/mentor others, etc.
- Organisation – being able to meet deadlines, plan and schedule tasks, etc.
It will give the recruiter a fuller and more complete picture of you
Sporting interests indicate that you are fit and healthy
Involvement in the community indicates good interpersonal skills
Outside interests tell the employer that you can have a good time as well
They form a great basis for discussion at the interview stage
One of your references should be your current or former employer, and the second referee can be any person who knows you well.
For each of your referees include the following details:
- Full name
- (Work) Address
- Telephone number
- Email address
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