It can be so difficult to know how to create a CV that will get you noticed, but if you know how to organise your CV, you’re sure to attract recruiters in no time! We’ve illustrated which sections should be included in your CV, and the things you should be avoiding.
If the recruiter cannot find your contact details, they won’t contact you, so make sure your details are front and centre. Place them at the top of your CV on the front page, to ensure the recruiter does not have to search for them. It is also a good idea to make your name large and bold (but not colourful), and to place your email and phone number underneath.
Your personal statement should be around four lines, and must include a brief summary of what you’re currently doing in terms of work or study. Additionally, you should explain what job you’re looking for, for example, “at the moment, I am seeking employment as an Administrator, and feel I am an excellent candidate for this type of role”.
Underneath your personal statement include a list of your skills laid out as bullet points. Make sure you include all of your key skills, but keep it brief, you might include:
- Technical IT
Your achievements are extracurricular activities, such as volunteer work, internships, fundraisers, or personal projects. On your CV make sure you include a brief paragraph explaining any such activities you have taken part in.
In this section, list the jobs you’ve had, starting with the most recent position. State the job title, dates to and from, and the company. Your duties should be in the form of bullet points, and must be kept concise.
This section should follow the same format as the experience section of your CV, and must list all of your education and qualifications.
Your CV should include some personal touches, and a great way to express your individuality is to list your hobbies. Keep this section of your CV to a bullet pointed list, and make it true to you.
Do not include any of the personal details of your references on your CV, instead simply state ‘references available on request’.
What to Avoid
Personal details: you might not be aware of this, but the only personal details you need to include on your CV are your name, email and a contact telephone number. It is not necessary to include your date of birth, address, or any other personal details. As well as this, you should not include the details of your references, but add ‘references available on request’. The reason for this is that these are personal details which can be used to discriminate against you based on gender, age, religion, or nationality.
Long paragraphs: a potential employer does not have the time to read a CV which is full of overly long paragraphs, so you need to make your CV as clear and easy to read as possible. Keep it concise, and don’t feel the need to use lots of flowery language, as it will put people off. The maximum length of a CV is about 2 pages of A4, so if you’re CV is longer than that it’s time for a rethink.
Sweeping statements: while some will tell you that everyone lies on their CV, this is not true, and it’s terrible advice! Your CV should be a reflection of you, and if you promise something you cannot provide, you won’t last long.