When writing your CV you should look at it through the eyes of the employer. It needs to be neat and tidy, easy to read, have all of the standard required information but most of all it needs to stand out from the rest.
You should tailor your CV to the job you are applying for and emphasise the skills and experience you have gained.
A CV should never be longer than two pages long as you can go into far more detail when you attend the interview.
When writing about your experience, explain how it benefited your previous employer such as improved performance, reduced costs, better efficiencies and use examples if you can.
These days, the layout and format of the CV is not important which means you can make it work for you. If your qualifications are not great, put them at the end. If you only have brief work experience but great qualifications, put them first.
What you should include:
- Introduction or Profile
- Relevant Skills
- Career/Work History
- Education and Training
- Personal Interests
Try and think about your unique selling points, what can you do or what did you do, that would make you ideal for the employer – sell yourself!
Always complete the personal interests with care, showing that you have an active personal life could be detrimental if one of your hobbies means you cannot be flexible out of hours for work commitments. Also look at it through the eyes of the recruiter, if something is perceived by most as a boring hobby that may not get you an interview for a job requiring energy and dynamism.
Never lie to try and portray a false image though, you could get caught out!