The sole purpose of your Curriculum Vitae is to get you an interview. Once your name is on the interview short list, your CV has done its job. A CV means 'brief account of ones life or career'. Remember what you leave out of your CV is just as important as what you put in.
Your CV is the only part of the job selection process over which you have 100% control. You can control how you look on your CV.
The CV should be:
This includes your name, address, date of birth, contact phone numbers (mobile, home, work) and if possible you're personal and/or work email address
Education, like experience should be set out in reverse chronological order. List third level and secondary schooling. When listing courses you did in college or during your commercial career, list in order of relevance to the job you are applying for or in chronological order, most recent first.
The career summary is the most important part of your CV. It is a simple statement and summary table which encapsulates your career to date and career aspirations. It also helps you get a clear picture of your own skills and abilities in your own mind. To help you write, imagine you have only 30 words to convince someone to hire you.
This is where you list:
What you produced and your input / contribution are the most important information. In many cases your job title or the industry job name that most accurately reflected your role should convey this also, so make sure your job title stands out on the page. Note: the job title does not have to be the exact job title but does have to reflect accurately the job that you did.
Employers know that the best predictor of future performance is past performance, so emphasis your achievements. When listing them, remember that a responsibility is different from an achievement. Selling IT solutions or products is a responsibility while increasing sales of IT solutions by 22% in the first 12 months is an achievement. Rule of thumb question is: does the achievement clearly explain how I added-value to this company and does it give an indication of / quantify the value brought by my own contribution.
Depending on your experience your CV can be up to 4 to 5 pages - relevant detail is vital
A covering letter is a requirement. It is the packaging for your CV. If your covering letter does not command attention, then why should potential employers read your CV?
If you cannot justify every part of your CV, you will instantly lose your credibility. This does not mean that you have to confess everything; it means you have to be honest about the appropriate items you have listed.
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