IS A CV ?
stands for curriculum vitae. The CV is a summary of your past education,
employment and personal details. If you don't like using the word
CV - you could use "personal information chart".
the CV shows your qualifications, skills and experience - it can sometimes
tell us something about your personality. The way you put your CV
together tells the employer how you may handle a job.
CV should be brief - no more than 2 pages. It should emphasise your
strong points. You may need more than one CV to suit different types
CV's cover the following areas:
no (home / work - day / evening)
(some people put their age but this "dates" the cv)
(eg single, married)
place you studied
year/s you attended
date each qualification was gained
examining body (eg rsa, pitman, gcse, `o' level)
subject/s you studied
result/s you gained (eg grade a, pass, distinction)
- Listing all your qualifications is not always necessary. If
the results were poor it may be better not to mention them at all.
If you have loads of qualifications - only list those relevant to
your work. Lack of qualifications is not a problem if you have work
Employment / work experience
you were working: "from and to"
/ job title you held in the company
name and address
Your list of jobs should start with your current job (if any),
then list previous jobs in descending chronological order.
section could include the practical skills you have but do not have
a qualification for - for example: computer literate, first aid
skills, speak a second language, car maintenance skills.
Note: you may choose to put this information in the section
section could include courses that you have attended through college
or work whereby you have gained knowledge but no formal qualification
(eg word processing, supervisory skills, time management skills).
this section you may also want to mention that you have a clean
driving licence or no criminal convictions (especially if you are
looking for driving or security work).
may also want to mention any interests or hobbies that you have.
you have been involved in voluntary work, charity work or any committees
(for exmaple the PTA).
are three types of reference:
(provided by your current or previous employer)
/ academic (provided by your tutor)
should be provided by someone who knows you well, and who holds
a regular responsible job)
Always ensure that you have asked the person whether they are
OK to provide a reference.
way you choose - remember that the way you display your CV is your
own choice - just make sure that it is neat, organised into a logical
order and that you have checked all spellings and grammar.
ensure that all your headings stand out - for example the main heading
should be 50% bigger than the normal text and section headings should
be emphasised by either using the bold or underscore function or
typing capital letters.
that subjects are correctly written - eg maths should be mathematics
and typing should be typewriting skills.
that acronyms are expanded (eg Computer Literacy
and Information Technology should
be typed in full as many employers will not know what CLAIT
bodies such as the RSA. and the JEB.
are well known and can remain as an acronym.