What is a C.V.?
A CV is a document that contains all the information that would inform a recruitment manager at a first glance if you are the right candidate for the job.
What information should a CV include?
Most CVs start with your personal details with a picture but take care to avoid unnecessary details, such as religious affiliations and children’s names etc.
Take care to include the names of institutions and dates attended in order of most recent; that is, university before school results. Remember to not clutter your CV with unnecessary or very old achievements such as ‘Grade 5 scholarship results’.
The most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological CV; that is in reverse date order starting with most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role. More emphasis/information should be put on more recent jobs.
Include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role applied for.
Hobbies and Interests
Keep this section short. Do not explain your extracurricular activities in lengthy paragraphs.
Make sure they are unrelated contacts from both your academic and professional backgrounds.
How long should a CV be?
A good curriculum vitae should ideally extend no more than two pages and never beyond three.
Tips on CV writing
- Ensure the content is clear, structured and relevant. Do not include achievements from your childhood and never elaborate your extracurricular achievements in lengthy sentences.
- Use bullet points rather than full sentences to minimize the word usage.
- Double-check your curriculum vitae for spelling and grammatical errors.
- Let a trusted peer or Career Guidance Advisor check your CV for any errors and advise you on areas for improvement.
- Tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for, matching your skills and experience as per the requirements of the job.
- Don’t stretch the truth; there’s a difference between selling yourself and inventing things!
Sample CV formats
If you are just starting to build your own CV, please download and use the below mentioned CV samples which will help enable you to list your most salable skills and experiences.