Writing a good CV is first step in securing your next job but it is an area that many candidates struggle with. Your prospective employer may only give your CV as little as 5-10 seconds before moving onto the next candidate, so its important you get it right.
At the very least, a strong CV will ensure you promote yourself to your best advantage and help secure interviews.
What should your CV include :
Personal Details :
- Contact Details: Mobile, Email, Skype ID, LinkedIn Address
- Marital status
- Date of Birth
- Current location
- Preferred location(s) in the region
EDUCATION / Professional qualifications :
- DEGREE / Diploma / Cert etc. The University / College you attended and the date of award.
- Any professional Qualifications, Memberships etc.
- Any previous professional courses you may have completed.
Computer / IT skills :
- It is important to indicate your proficiency in the use of computer programmes, software and packages relevant to the role you are applying for.
Professional Experience :
- Outline all of your previous work experience, make sure to start with your current job and work backwards.
- This section must clearly state employer names, your job titles, and the dates you worked there.
- You will also need to include any information on projects completed as well as your responsibilities.
- Highlight any relevant achievements or milestones accomplished.
- You can also include references, personal interests and a cover letter depending on the position.
GERNERAL TIPS :
- Make sure the CV is neat, tidy and presentable. It should be clear and easy to read.
- Keep your CV to the point and with accurate information only.
- Avoid spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Double check your CV several times or get a second party to review before finalizing.
- CV’s generally vary in length depending on the amount of experience.
- Remember, your CV is your first chance of selling yourself to your potential employer.