Preparing a CV is a necessary life skill, essential for getting a job, a training position and even onto some courses. There are some features of a CV which are essential and others which you can leave out and give the best possible impression. Here we’re looking at some valuable tips for getting your CV in order and ensuring it makes you sound as employable as possible.
Tips to Remember for a Top CV
You should ensure you use a standard typed format for your CV, keeping it concise, to no more than two side of A4 unless otherwise advised. CVs should be as positive as possible and highlight your top skills.
The absolute minimum your CV needs is:
- Your full name and address
- Your phone number and email address
- Your career history
This seems like very little but it allows for you to focus on simply those skills relevant to the job. Educational background can be valuable too but it will depend on your experiences in life as to which is more relevant. Most CVs follow a chronological order and allow potential employers to see what you’ve been doing most recently first. Also, keep these valuable points in mind:
1. Date of Birth isn’t Essential
Some CV templates include space for your date of birth, but this is never a requirement. Discrimination laws mean your age cannot be considered when looking at your application so save valuable space and leave it off.
2. Consider a Personal Profile
Your personal profile is an opportunity to introduce yourself to employers. It appears at the top of the CV and gives you the chance to state your ambitions, highlight your top skills and personal qualities. Your personal profile should be easily tweaked for different roles so you can make it clear to the employer that you’re interested in their role.
3. Highlight your Key Skills
Above your job history you can pop in your key skills and competence areas. As a school leaver this could be examples of work experience, clubs you attend or hobbies you have which have helped you build your top skills.
4. Education and Qualifications
Your educational background may be particularly important if you’ve just finished school. You can pop in any educational qualifications you have achieved as well as training courses you may have attended which may or may not have included certification.
5. Hobbies and Interests
Your hobbies and interests may not seem like the most relevant inclusion for your CV, but it can give employers the chance to get a feel for your personality as well as your background from an educational and work perspective.
If you can include references with their permission then pop their full details on the bottom of your CV. If not, then simply putting “References available on request” is fine. This is particularly useful if you have a range of potential referees who may be suitable for different roles.
Your CV is a chance to show off the best of yourself so keep this in mind throughout putting it together and when you proof it in the end. Keep the needs of each employer in mind when you submit your CV and tweak it each time for the perfect fit.