Tuesday 6 March 2012

The basics on how to write a CV.

  • Personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and possibly any professional social media presence. You no longer need to include your date of birth, owing to age discrimination rules
  • Qualifications and training from previous jobs, with the most recent first with dates of graduation
  • A personal profile which sells yourself and your qualities, tailored towards the job you are applying for (generic is ok)
  • Career history, starting with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs. The company must be described if unknown and business unit if it is a large organisation. Your position must be clearly stated followed by your responsibilities.
  • Achievements from previous jobs that are relevant
  • Interests, if they are relevant and especially if the skills or teamwork concerned are relevant for the job
  • Any extra information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties
  • References, ideally two or more and including a recent employer

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