CVs – the Basics:
Try and stick to one type font throughout the CV and also use the same font in your covering letter. No more than two pages – Employers look for enough information to invite you to interview. If you cannot convey relevant information in two pages, they probably won’t take the time to read any further.
It may seem obvious but make sure this information is at the TOP of your CV:
- Contact No (Mobile especially important)
- E-mail Address
- Nationality / Visa Status
Education / Academic Qualifications
- Qualification gained
- Dates of Study (Years only, not months)
- University / College name
(recent Graduates will need to put more emphasis on Education in they have minimal work experience, more experienced candidates should avoid going into too much detail – ie, what primary school they went to!)Always detail your education in chronological order.
- Dates of employment (months & years)
- Company Name
- Job Title
You should have an accompanying paragraph containing a brief description of your responsibilities and duties. You may wish to highlight specific projects worked on – describe projects by size / cost to give the employer an indication of the projects you worked on. Highlight any managerial experience and achievements.List your employment history in chronological order, beginning with the most recent.
Hobbies / Interests
Only list outside work interests if you think they will be of interest to the employer or if they are a genuine achievement ie: a handicap in golf of 8!
However tempted you are, don’t include one.
Keep you covering letter short, include:
- Contact details on the covering letter in case it gets separated from the CV What position you are applying for, where you saw the position advertised
- What you current role is
- Notice period if you are currently employed
- Availability for interviews would be
Always check your CV and covering letter through for spelling and grammar, get someone else to check it over and make sure your contact details are correct.