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Writing a CV - The basics

All CVs have general sets of information that are portrayed within its content.
The main sections to include in a CV are:

  • A cover letter
    • It’s important to issue a Cover letter with your CV. It demonstrates your style of writing and quickly advertises you to the employer, introducing yourself and giving them a reason to look at your CV.

  • An overview
    • At the beginning of your CV, you should give a short overview that highlights your key attributes and entices the employer to read on.
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  • Your educational qualifications
    • In this section you will need to highlight your educational qualifications, start with the ones that are most relevant and those that you are most proud of.

  • Any additional training
    • Include any technical training and soft skills that you feel are relevant to the role that you are applying for.
  • Your work experience
    • In this section you should portray the work experience you have had, starting with the most recent. Include a sentence about the ones you believe to be of importance explaining your role and what you have learnt.
  • Any other responsibilities
    • You should include in this section any responsibilities that you have held outside of your designated job tasks that you believe relate to the role you are applying for and highlight your skills.

  • Your job specific skills
    • In this section you should include any skills that specifically relate to the job you are applying for.

  • Your personal details
    • You should include any necessary personal information such as phone numbers, address, name and email in this section. Providing potential employers with your age and marital status isn’t necessary in your CV as this is information that should realistically only be provided when asked at a later stage.

  • Your interests
    • In this section you should convey any interests that you feel are relevant to the job and those that show you as a rounded person. Be brief unless you feel that the specific interest enhances the skills required for the job role.

  • Any references
    • When it comes to providing references, it is suggested that they are not included in your CV unless specifically requested. Inform the reader that you can provide references if asked. Collect all the relevant information such as names and addresses and let the people know that you will provide their name if asked.
 
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