The purpose of a CV is to tell a potential employer all about you, your skills and experience. Often it is the first opportunity you have to make an impression. The CV fulfills two main purposes; firstly, it includes your full factual educational achievements and employment history and explains your ability to perform the job for which you are applying; secondly, it is used to assess your potential for future success by evaluating your past successes. A CV provides an opportunity to present your work experience in a concise and marketable manner, and can be used as an important sales tool. Always remember that the aim of a CV is to get an interview for a specific job for which you have applied.
This is best kept very brief and should include:
This is a short summary focusing on key achievements to date and the qualities you can bring to a new position. State achievements using positive active verbs e.g. achieved, gained, managed, responsible for. This will show the value you have added to your present role and company. This is the easiest part of the CV to adapt to the specific requirements of the job, the company, the market and the industry for which you are applying.
List in reverse chronological order (your current job first) your employment history to date, including for each the following:
Where possible, quantify achievements in your previous roles e.g. sales targets, numbers of people responsible for, etc. It is worth emphasising technical knowledge related to the market or industry that is specifically relevant to the job. Include relevant specialist IT packages but avoid using jargon and slang.
Only include if you have professional qualifications relevant to the job you are applying for. In addition you can include relevant professional bodies/associations that you are a member of, as this indicates your seriousness about pursuing your career in this field.
List your educational achievements including subjects and grades in reverse chronological order including Universities/Colleges/Schools attended and the respective dates e.g.
|1990 - 1993||Warwick University||BA (Hon's)||Business Studies||2:1|
|1988 - 1990||Northampton College||A'level||Maths||A|
As a guideline include all GCSE subjects and grades if you are less than 25 years of age or have less than 2 years' work experience.
Only include if you are of a reasonable standard in a foreign language(s). If so state the language(s) and degree of fluency. Include English if you are a Non-English national and state your mother tongue e.g.
List all IT packages in which you are proficient, including industry specific and in-house systems, e.g. MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, MS Office, e-mail packages
Include the following:
|Preferred Location(s)||e.g. London, willing to relocate|
There is no need to list these on your CV but do acknowledge that they are "Available on Request". Please do make sure that they are available if requested and the people offered are aware that they are named as one of your references.