Step by Step Guide for Writing a Successful CV
Begin with your name, address, phone number and email address, centred at the top of the page. Remember your name should be bold and one font size larger than your address and other information.
Stating a career objective at the beginning of your CV is optional. It enables employers to quickly identify your career objective(s) however this may limit your appeal.
Your formal education and any further education you are currently undertaking should be included on your CV. Education can be placed either before or after your experience, depending on its relevance. You should include the institutions name and location, major/subject, dates and any other relevant information that will highlight your educational experiences and successes.
Experience and Skill Summary
Your skill sets are as important as your work or educational background, as they highlight what makes you special – this is true particularly in the international job market where language skills can be the difference between getting an interview and not. Your skills section should include:
- Language abilities
- Computer skills
- Technical abilities
- Job skill summary
- Any further relevant and specialized skills you wish to highlight
State your level of ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.) in each skill set.
You should clearly state the companies’ name, its location, your position and job title, dates, responsibilities, skills utilized and any accomplishments. To make it easier to read it can be formatted using bullet points or simple sentences. Any awards or citation you have received should also be included.
If you are a new graduate or have no work experience, you should substitute other experiences that will illustrate your skills and abilities to employers e.g., projects, volunteer activities etc.
You can also include further areas that you wish to highlight or are relevant to the particular field you wish to apply for. This may go at the top or at the end. Some examples are:
- Membership of clubs and societies
- Leisure activities and hobbies
- Contacts and networks
- Other achievements
You can include contact information of references on the CV or write ‘References can be supplied on request’ instead. Either way references should include one personal reference and one work or school reference and they should have known you for a minimum of two years. You should detail their titles and position, telephone, address and email contacts.
Always get an individual’s permission before citing them as a referee.