Information to include on your CV

Personal information

Include all of your contact details starting with your name, address, phone numbers and email address. You can also in this section include details on your nationality, age and whether you have a driving licence, but these are optional.

Employment History

Always list your employment history in chronological order starting with your current/most recent employment first. Describe your work experience using simple and concise sentences using plain English, try to avoid jargon. Don’t leave gaps in your CV if you took some time out then put that on your CV and give a brief explanation why.

Education

Give brief details of your academic/professional qualifications along with your levels of achievement.

Skills

Include specific skills such as IT packages i.e. Excel, Word e.t.c or foreign languages and give details of your level of competency i.e. basic, intermediate or advanced.

Referees

State that details of referees are available on request, this makes room on your CV for other more important information and allows you to choose the most appropriate referee for the job applied for. If you don’t have any referees from a place of work because you have been in full time education, then contact your tutors, mentors or managers from work experience placements. Always ask for your referee’s permission before nominating them.

Hobbies and interests

This gives the prospective employer an insight into your personal life without going into to much detail. Keep this section brief and if the employer wants to they will ask you for more information at the interview.

Presentation

Don’t write war and peace on your CV, the idea is for your CV to be informative and punchy helping the employer to make a quick decision whether or not to bring you in for an interview based on what they have read in your CV. Keep it neat and tidy and easy to read with no fussy fonts or colours. If you’re posting your CV using Royal Mail make sure you print your CV and covering letter on good quality paper you can pick this up at any high street stationers.

Adaptability

It isn’t a bad thing to tailor make your CV for each position you apply for, this allows you to be very specific when highlighting any relevant skills, qualifications and employment history that may be of importance to the position. Submitting your CV is only one step away from an interview so make your CV work for you.

Spelling and Grammar

If you haven’t taken the time and trouble to check your CV for spelling and grammar then you might fall at the first hurdle, If writing your CV using Word then always use the built in spelling and grammar checker and if not then always use a good old fashioned Oxford Dictionary. Its always worth while getting a friend, colleague or family member to proof read you CV, it never hurts to double check.

Always tell the truth

It’s not a good idea to lie on your CV or at a job interview, if the interviewer is worth their salt they will be able to spot inconsistencies in your story which may ruin your chances of getting the job irrespective of how good your skills and qualifications are.

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