CV Advice :: Writing a CV

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Curriculum Vitae (CV) Advice

The purpose of your CV is to market yourself to a potential employers, making you interesting and worth considering for a job interview. Think of the person who will read the CV: usually they are time-limited and have many CVs to read; that is why it is very important that your CV is well-written, clear and easy to read. To make your job easier we have prepared a few writing tips as well as a CV Template for you to download. Have somebody read your CV after you have finished. This will help eliminate potential mistakes or ambiguities.

CV Length/Style
It is best to try and keep your CV to two size A4 pages, unless you have been asked for a longer CV. Employers do not want to know your whole life story - just enough to decide whether they should interview you or not. Avoid long wordy sentences and paragraphs. Keep sentences short and relevant, and use bullet points to break up the text under section headings. Write your CV in the first person.

Personal Details
Your full name, address, home telephone number, Email address (if applicable), date of birth, nationality, etc. It is often a good option to have a short profile in the CV, one that will give the prospective employer a short summary of your experience, and tell them what sort of person you are and what you are looking for in the job.



Work Experience
Work experience follows the personal details section. You should normally concentrate on your two most recent jobs. Start with your most recent job and work backwards. Give the name of the company and a brief description of the service they provide. Set out the dates worked, your main responsibilities, achievements, duties, and skills you could transfer to another employer. Do not include petty jobs like holiday jobs etc unless they are really necessary.

Education
People with third level education should only mention the higher school without writing about the secondary. Be careful when you translate the name of the school. If you do not translate make sure you explain what type of school it is and state briefly what your studies covered.

Additional Information/Skills
You should include all skills that you have, like the languages you speak (indicate the level), computer skills, etc. As far as references are concerned it is quite acceptable to put “Available on request “ at the bottom of the CV.

Avoid
Spelling and grammatical mistakes as well as graphics and fancy borders - they will only serve to distract the reader's attention. Also avoid long, wordy sentences and irrelevant information