CV Preparation

CV Essentials

The CV that the employer will receive from you is the first opportunity to show them that you have the right credentials for the role.

One thing never to forget is that the CV is the tool that will gain you the interview and because of this we want to make sure that we put enough information on but still leave you with something to talk about at the interview.

Below are some tips on writing a CV:

• Use a clear and easy font to make your CV easy to read
• 2 pages are usually enough for a CV but sometimes this may run over into 3. Employers are more interested in the most recent employment and qualifications
• Depending on the font used text size should be between 10 and 12
• If many of the roles you have undertaken are similar try not to be too repetitive. What may work well would be to add the dates and places of your work with a general description of your tasks at all of the roles instead of individually
• Double check the CV and make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors

Sample CV

Personal Details
Name, address and contact details including e-mail and mobile phone number.

Education & Professional Qualifications
Add in all your achievements from Secondary school through to University and any other qualifications that you have gained after that e.g. Masters Degree, accounting qualifications.

Professional Experience
Detail your work experience to date highlighting your title, company name, commencement and completion dates. It is best to do this in chronological order.
It may be worthwhile to write a brief description on the company itself including turnover, no. of employees, Industry sector/Service provided. This will provide any prospective employer with the background to your work history. Detail in bullet point format, your main responsibilities and achievements in the position. Try to keep these relevant to any prospective position that you are looking for, as prospective employers will be looking for transferable skills. This may help to differentiate you from other candidates who are also seeking employment.

Extra qualifications & achievements
Add in any relevant on the job training courses you have attended

Software and Systems
List all software and systems packages that you have had exposure to.

In an increasingly global market, language skills are becoming more relevant. In this section of your C.V. you should list your language skills and your level of competency and fluency in each language.

Employers are now looking for more than just academic ability. List any sports, outdoor activities or hobbies you enjoy – it may be a great opportunity to create a common interest at the interview stage.

It is now common practice to state that professional references will be available to contact on request.



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