“Make a good first impression…”
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
The words Curriculum Vitae literally mean “story of your life”. Your CV is a summary of your skills, achievements, experiences and education, designed to capture a prospective employer’s interest. Your CV should be regarded as a work in progress and updated regularly, however in reality you only change your CV when you seek a new job.
The importance of a great CV cannot be over-estimated as it can:-
- Get you an interview by intriguing a potential employer.
- Encourage the interviewer to focus on your achievements.
- Help you to remember the key points that you want to emphasise at interviews.
- Leave the interviewer with a clear reminder of what you could do for their organisation.
To achieve these aims, you must ensure your CV stands out from other CVs to make sure that it is short-listed for a job. It must be distinctive and professional so that it creates impact and interest.
Presentation is the key
- Create an air of quality – you are being judged initially by your CV alone.
- Don’t use binders, covers or title pages, which add clutter.
- Make sure that your CV works independently of a cover letter in case they become separated.
- Make your CV concise and tailored to the role in question.
- Unless otherwise specified, don’t include a photograph.
- Present your details in a clear flowing style and be consistent throughout.
- Keep in mind the needs of the employer who will be reading it.
- Consider what s/he is looking for in a candidate and make it easy for the reader to pick out those skills.
- Use common typeface such as Times New Roman or Arial.
- Never incorporate graphics, shading, brackets, italics, underlining or columns and always send an original CV, never a photocopy.