Your CV is the first impression of you and should capture the best of you in a few pages. Although there's no single right way to write you CV, here are some useful tips.
Step 1: Identify the key skills, knowledge and experience required for the target role. Ask for a detailed job description that will give you that information.
Step 2: Identify your skills, knowledge and experience and in particular the ones that are going to be the most desirable to the employer. It is useful to have a generic CV which you regularly update and record all of your achievements, training and skills etc. For example whenever you complete a project or finish some training, record the details including the skills learned. However you should create a new CV for each role you apply for so you only include what is relevant to the target role.
You are now ready to write your CV.
- Keep it short, concise and easy to read
- Review your CV whenever you apply for a role and adapt it to highlight your suitability to the role
- Use your Cover letter to tell the employer why they should consider you as a potential candidate for the role.
- Include your name, email address, and phone numbers.
- List any secondary and tertiary education. You do not need to include your secondary education if it was more than 10 years ago.
- List employment history from your most current job backwards.
- For each job, include the title, the company, dates you were there, and your key responsibilities in the role.
- Emphasise your achievements and show how you contributed to your employer's business.
- List any courses/qualifications or training from your most recent.
- Include the institute or company, name of qualification and date.
It is optional to include the details of your referees on your cv. The key note to remember is that referees should be work related and someone who you reported to directly.