Getting a Job

Writing A Successful CV

So, what actually is a CV?

The term CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and it is an outline of an individual’s education and professional history. CVs are usually prepared for job applications as it conveys your personal details. A CV is a marketing document in which you are selling yourself to the company you are applying for.

When should a CV be used?

You should use a CV when an employer asks for applications to be received in a CV format, When an employer doesn’t state a specific format for an application and when making speculative applications.

What to include in a CV

When writing a CV, you need to include:

  • Personal Details
    • Name
    • Address
    • Date of birth
    • Telephone number
    • Email
  • Education and qualifications
    • Primary/Secondary School
    • University
    • A levels
    • GCSEs
  • Work Experience
    • What work experience have you done?
  • Interests and achievements
    • What hobbies do you do?
  • Skills
    • Can you speak another language?
  • References

Common mistakes candidates make on their CV

  • Spelling and grammar
  • Not tailored to the job
  • Length not right and poor work history
  • Poor format
  • No accomplishments
  • Contact & email problems
  • Objective/profile was too vague
  • Lying
  • Having a photo