A CV is essential to finding a job. Your CV will allow employers to get an overview of your profile and key qualifications, and encourage employers to call you in for an interview.
Some employers receive hundreds of CVs each day, so it’s important that your CV reflect who you really are in an effective and positive way and set itself apart from the rest.
What to put in your CV
Your CV must include:
- your name, address, phone number and e-mail address
- your career objectives
- your work experience (or achievements)
- your education
- any additional experience
- your interests and hobbies
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The purpose of the CV
Your CV must:
- represent you
- be personalized
- create interest and hook in the reader
- be precise, concise and clear
- be attractive and well-spaced so information is easy to find
- contain action verbs (i.e., acted as, coordinated, created, initiated, resolved, etc.)
- state what you know how to do (work experience) and could learn to do (aptitudes)
- be no longer than two pages, three tops
- Have someone proofread your CV to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
- Include a five-line paragraph summarizing the qualities you have developed over the course of your previous jobs.
- Don’t bend the truth – it never pays!
- Rework your CV for each type of position you are applying for to make sure your qualities and skills match the qualities and skills sought by the employer. A targeted CV increases your chances of being called in for an interview.