How to write a CV guide


Guidelines for putting together a CV

CV stands for ‘curriculum vitae’ which means “a short account of one’s career and qualifications prepared typically by an applicant for a position”. This word originates from a Latin word meaning “course of (one’s) life”.

Your CV is a marketing tool. It needs to show that you are suitable for the position you are applying for and it needs to be professional.

You need to look out for the accuracy of your spelling and grammar as well as attention to detail in relation to the layout of it.

You want your CV to answer all the basic questions that a potential employer might have about your basic personal information, education and work experience.

If there are gaps in your education or work experience you need to indicate the reasons, for example if you matriculated and then took a year off before going to university, this should be stated the same as if you finished working for one employer and then took a year off for personal reasons, this too should be mentioned.

How you structure your CV will also relate to you being a school / university graduate or someone with a few years of work experience.

The graduate would include more information about educational achievements and extra mural achievements. Things like exam marks, educational achievements.

The person with a few years of work experience would include more information about the successes and achievement relating to work, with less emphasis the on educational information.

Your CV needs to have a simple structure, be easy to read and provide the relevant information the employer needs.


Planning your CV:


The CV template is an example of how you could structure your CV.


Compiling a CV:

Be brief without leaving important information out, aim for no more than two to three pages

Personal / Contact Details; ensure you have relevant contact details, consider adding a friend or family members contacts

Education and Qualifications; reverse chronological order, most recent qualification first. For the graduates include subjects studied, exam marks

Employment History; reverse chronological order, most recent job first, here include the import thing, include the relevant duties and responsibilities, if you managed any staff mention how many, include information about projects and achievement, if you where in sales mention quantities sold in relation to other, if you worked on project mention there statistics, if there was something you complete before a deadline, mention that.

It is also worthwhile to state your reasons for leaving previous employers, like; contact ended, related, company closed down.

Stay away from having any chronological gaps – an employer might regard them with suspicion

Be both positive and truthful, do not be tempted to fabricate any information

Focus on things that you have achieved, produced, established, implemented, formulated, etc

And remember to keep your CV updated and always have it checked for spelling, grammar and typing errors.