Writing the perfect CV
What makes a CV perfect?
Structure. An effective CV will be the selling point of your most relevant skills and experiences, whilst telling a prospective employer why you are right for their business.
Here are three key points to follow when structuring your CV:
1. Personal Statement
- In this first section of your CV you need to demonstrate to the prospective employer that you understand what the employer is looking for. In a short paragraph, you should summarise your skills and experience to give them a snapshot of your abilities
- By introducing yourself with a strong statement which summaries your personal and professional development whilst considering the role you are applying for
- Keep this statement simple and to the point.
2. Education and Qualifications
- List your qualifications and in particular highlight industry-specific qualifications which will interest the prospective employer
- Include information about degrees giving the specific details of the subject, awarding body and year. Be honest as it may be checked
- Mention relevant skills such as languages, technology, vocational or on the job training
- Include relevant training or skills acquired while unemployed, on sabbatical, or doing part-time or voluntary work to expose all your skills.
3. Work Experience
- Start with your most recent position and work backwards
- Include all details including, job title, start and finish dates, company name and bullet point the details of your job description
- List all relevant opportunities, achievements and skills
- Explain any significant gaps in your career, listing any transferable skills which you may have acquired.