A CV, sometimes called a Curriculum Vitae or a résumé, is a summary of your career history, and the skills and experience you have gained during the course of it.
A good CV should:
- Attract attention;
- Create a good impression;
- Present your relevant skills and qualities clearly and concisely.
The aim of a CV
The purpose of a CV is to show a prospective employer that you have the necessary qualities and qualifications to do the job you’re applying for. The aim is to get you an interview with that employer, so it needs to demonstrate clearly that you have:
- The specific skills needed for the job;
- The right sort of experience for the job;
- The personal qualities for the position;
- An understanding of the specific requirements of the job.
Keep it simple
The easier a CV is to read, the better. An advertised job vacancy will often attract hundreds of replies, and even the most conscientious employers have very little time to digest every CV that crosses their desk. The best way to make sure that yours gets read is to:
- Keep it short. No more than two A4 pages.
- Keep it clear. Make it easy to read. A CV should always be printed, and well laid out with wide margins, clear section headings, and the information organised in a logical, easy-to-follow way.
- Keep it relevant. The employer usually has two main questions in mind when looking at an employee or potential employee:
- Is this person able to do the job?
- Will this person fit in with the rest of us?
Create an impression
As well as keeping your CV short, clear and relevant, make it look businesslike and professional too. Use:
- plain white or cream A4 size paper;
- good-quality paper – 100 gsm weight;
- a good, clear typeface;
- plain black ink.