Your CV can be your best marketing tool. A good CV will make you stand apart from the crowd and win a job interview. It reflects who you are and what you are able to achieve. A CV is a summary of your past achievements, educational background, work experience and skills as they relate to your career goals. To prepare a great CV, follow these simple
- Start by brainstorming what you have achieved in the past. Prepare a first draft, edit and proofread for any spelling or grammatical mistakes.
- Review each section of your CV to check whether you have presented your abilities, skills and or achievements you want to focus attention on.
- Prepare a rough outline of your CV.
- Make sure that your final CV is free of errors. Ask a professional to read it and to make sure you are on the right track.
- Tailor your CV to meet the needs of different industries and employers.
- Research your area of interest by reviewing several job descriptions and job openings to understand the needs and the key words frequently used in a specific industry. You can then include these in your CV.
- Include the most important pieces of your CV on the first page. Focus your attention on what employers are looking for. This includes your qualifications as they relate to the employers’ job requirements.
- Make it short, organized, clear and easy to read. Usually two pages in length is more than enough, as employers are busy people and have no time for long CVs.
- Suggested sections or sub-sections to include in your CV include:
- Contact Information
- Job Objective or Career Goal: Optional
- Educational background
- Work Experience
- Special accomplishments / Awards/ Volunteer Experience (if available)
- Computer Proficiency
Avoid asking others to write your CV, as you will discuss it in depth with an employer during a job interview. Seek help and advice from one of our career advisers, they are there to help you!
Remember: A CV is different from curriculum vitae as the latter is prepared to apply for an academic or teaching position, whereas a CV is prepared for employers outside the academic and research setting.