17 Nov 2016

CV Guidance Notes

Section 1: Personal Details Your personal and contact details must include name, address, phone numbers and email. Some people also include their LinkedIn URL on their CV. It is not necessary to include age or marital status. Section 2: Personal Profile / Career Objectives This should be a brief introductory paragraph to highlight your suitability to the position you are applying for and where your previous experience matches the current requirements of the role on offer. Try to avoid common clichés such as team player, dependable, committed etc. Section 3 & 4: Education & Experience TIP: If your work history is stronger than your education & professional qualifications list that first. Education & Professional Qualifications List the most recent educational achievements first. Include graduation dates and institute names. It is also a good idea to state the level of your qualifications (e.g. Honours or Level 8). Also remember to include professional memberships or other relevant training. Work History and Achievements Outline in detail your work history to date, beginning with the most recent. Use a bold font to highlight the company name, the position you held and the dates of your employment. Include start and end dates. Use bullet points to describe responsibilities and achievements. Explain ‘gaps’ in employment for example, travelling, education, career break etc. 5. Achievements List in bullet point format any additional skills or achievements that are relevant to the position you are applying for. List the most important and relevant achievements first. Examples; computer systems used or technical skills you are proficient in, fluency in other languages, significant work achievements, or soft skills (e.g. organisational skills, communication skills, problem-solving etc.) 6. Hobbies and Interests Not compulsory but while your CV outlines your qualifications and experience, the hobbies and interests section can reveal a bit more about your personality to the potential employer. This is an area that can set you apart from other candidates and is a great place to outline any voluntary work you do. 7. References You can say ‘available on request’. If you are listing referees make sure that you have sought their approval.

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