Preparing Your CV

Preparing Your CV

Do I need a CV?

Yes. Your CV increases your prospects of getting the job that you want. And if you have one prepared in advance, you can respond quickly when the ideal job comes along.

Writing Your CV

A CV (or Curriculum Vitae) is an outline of your education and/or professional history. A good CV will tell a prospective employer quickly and concisely about your qualifications, experience and suitability for a particular job.

How will having a CV help me find a job?

The main purpose of a CV is to get you an interview. It should contain just enough information to show your suitability when you respond to a job advert.

How should I present my CV?

Your CV is often the first impression a prospective employer will have of you, so take time to lay it out clearly and check there are no spelling mistakes or errors. Try to keep your CV simple, clear and no longer than two or three pages. The way you set out your information is up to you.

If you’re applying for a job requiring specific skills, tailor your CV to the position. The relevance of the information you provide will determine if you’re asked to attend an interview.

Don’t forget to keep your CV up to date.

Remember, additional experience and new skills will improve your value to future employers.

Spend some time on your CV!

Spend some time thinking through the details carefully. The more time you spend preparing your CV, the more success it will bring you.

Start by jotting down notes about your previous jobs and experience. This should include the purpose of your job, your responsibilities, your achievements and the skills required and learnt. You should give examples of your achievements and the results they produced, for instance, setting up a new Customer Help Line that reduced response times by 50%.

Write down the dates when you started and finished each job. If you had spells of unemployment, include these too, noting what you did with your time – you may have been travelling or working voluntarily. It’s important that there are no unexplained gaps.

Once you have all the information, you must decide which points are most important. Keep sentences short or use bullet points. This way, your information will be organised, easy to read and interesting.

You must be honest and accurate with your information. Often the interviewer will use your CV as the basis of your interview and references.