How To Write a Good CV
Having a good CV is the first step towards a good job. Your CV is the first thing that future employers will look at and it can help you to get an interview and potentially land a job.
Here are some tips how to write a good CV:
• The look and the layout of your CV can give a first impression so you have to make sure that it looks nice and well edited.
• Use clear and easy to read fonts like Times New Roman, Ariel or Calibri and keep it to normal font size 10-12.
• Try to summarise your work experience and qualification in 2 A4 size pages, don’t need to write down your whole life history just the relevant information.
• Keep formatting consistent: if a headline is bold – all headlines should be bold, be careful with page breaks, bullets should be consistent – don’t use different symbols in different bulleting.
• Tailor the CV to the job you are applying and try to highlight the qualities they are looking for.
• The most important is make sure that you check spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout the CV.
• Don’t attach your photo to the CV unless they are specifically asking for it.
• List your name, usually first name and surname are enough
• Mobile number, make sure you use a number that you will be available throughout the day
• Email address and please make it look professional, preferably have your name in it like email@example.com and not firstname.lastname@example.org
• Address details, don’t have to give your full address if you don’t wish but give enough information to locate you (post code, town name, etc.)
Personal section, about you:
Use this space to write an introductory 2-3 sentences long paragraph to describe you and your attributes. Basically, be short and honest and try to emphasise your qualities and what makes you stand out for potential employers.
• Use job titles (like maternity nurse, nanny etc.) and the name of the place or the family with the dates you worked there
• Summarise your main duties in bullet points, but don’t just use short description like “taking care of the children”, instead give more details like “assisted with bottle feeding, changing nappies, helped with transportation, etc”
• Give details about the age of the children you worked with and mention if you worked with new born or twins or siblings
• List each work separately and you can also add any voluntary work experience
Education and qualifications:
• List your secondary school and college / university with dates and qualifications gained
• Makes sure you list all the relevant trainings and qualifications with the name of the awarding body and the date when you gained them
• List each qualification separately and in most recent order
Interest and hobbies:
Potential employers are really keen to know about your personality, so please write about any hobbies or interest you have because this will help them to get a good picture of you.
References and application:
• Please don’t list all your references in your CV, instead just write on the bottom of your CV that “References available upon request”
• Make sure that you have your potential references ready and you have their name, phone number and address to contact them
• Feel free to attach any cover letter or your LinkedIn profile address to any application