Remember to give the name, postal address, email address and phone number of at least two referees. Most companies will contact these either just before the interview or when you have been verbally offered the job at or after the interview. Choosing the right referee is important. He or she must be able to comment on your work in detail and of course it is crucial to choose someone who is going to be sympathetic to you. Make sure you ask the person for his/her permission before using their name.
A CV should not contain details about everything you have ever done. Think about what is relevant for this job. For example, if you have many degrees and postgraduate qualifications and the job for which you are applying is very senior, there is no need to include details of your O Levels or GCSE. Most people write chronological CVs, so list your jobs in order of most recent and most relevant first. If you would rather write a skills-based CV, divide your employment history into themes.
Avoid vague statements such as these: “An employer would find me reliable and responsible as well as being extremely flexible and co-operative. I am eager and willing to expand my skills and try out new challenges that may come my way. I am a bubbly and bright person who works well in a team and solely. I also believe I have enough experience and life skills to excel at any challenge thrown my way”.
A Personal Profile (or ‘Career Profile’) is an introductory paragraph at the beginning of your CV containing a short summary of your background and career plans. The Profile is the written equivalent of an ‘elevator pitch’ designed to capture the employer’s interest quickly so that they will read your CV in full and, hopefully, invite you to interview.
You need to match the content of your CV to the needs of the organisation you are applying to. It should highlight your education, academic history, skills and any work experience you have which will enhance your application, Use evidence to demonstrate that you can provide the skills the organisation needs.
An academic CV is based on the Chronological CV format. However, the two-page limit need not apply to academic applications due to the addition of supporting information relating to detail of your PhD and other related research. An academic CV can therefore be many pages in length, depending on your experience in the work place – five pages is the rough guideline to average length. Your CV will be written to include the requirements of the classic format, but will also need the following information…
Common over used words: How common is it to come across a CVs starting along the lines of “I am a hard-working / honest / reliable individual…” or something along those lines? We are all guilty of having used these general pointless words in our CV at some point, and while technically, these words aren’t necessarily” bad” they are unnecessary. Employers would assume you possess these attributes as what is the alternative … you are Lazy / untrustworthy / unreliable? Think outside the box when including descriptive words.
You want to ensure there’s a decent amount of white space, so the reader isn’t bombarded with text. Also, you need to pick a font that’s easy to read and looks professional. Make sure your name and contact information is at the top of the CV, so it’s easy for the reader to find it again when they need to contact you. In short, make sure that it’s easy to read and understand your CV.
Placed at the beginning of the CV, a profile is a concise statement that highlights your key attributes or reasons for deciding to work in a particular field. Pick out a few relevant achievements and skills, while clearly articulating your career aims. It must focus on the sector you’re applying to, as your cover letter will be job-specific. You should keep it short and snappy – 100 words is the perfect length.