Your CV

How to write a great CV (Curriculum Vitae)

The mere presentation of a strong CV could be the determining factor whether you are called for an interview or not. A CV is that one opportunity to stand out from the rest. A general definition of a CV “is a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications. In some countries, a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview”. Typically an employer or recruitment agency will work through the numerous CVs they receive for specific jobs and if you haven’t presented yourself in the best possible way you may be looked over. At the very least, a strong CV will ensure you promote yourself to your best advantage and help secure that interview, thereafter it’s up to you to excel in that interview. Note: Do some research regarding interview preparation and the do’s and don’ts; they really do help.

There is no single way to construct a CV; it is your document and can be structured and presented as you wish within the basic framework set out below. We at IQ Academy believe and promote that student should represent their true nature and individuality.

What basic information should a CV include?

  • Personal details: Most CVs start with these but take care to avoid unnecessary details, such as religious affiliation, children's names and so on.
  • Education and qualifications: Take care to include the names of institutions and dates attended in reverse order; university before school results.
  • Work experience: The most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological CV. Career history is presented in reverse date order starting with the most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role. More emphasis/information should be put on more recent jobs.  A functional CV can sometimes be more appropriate, for example if you have held a number of unrelated jobs. This presentation emphasises key skills which can be grouped together under suitable headings. However, career progression and the nature of jobs held can be unclear with this type of CV.
  • Skills: Include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role applied for.
  • Hobbies and Interests: Keep this section short.
  • References: These can simply be ‘Available on request'.

The order in which you present the above information, and the emphasis which you give to each one, will depend on what you are applying for and what you have to offer. Please take note that, although you wish to present yourself in the best possible light, all information must be truthful and verifiable and a true reflection of the wonderful individual you are. Employers and recruitment agencies frown on anything less than honesty and will avoid future contact if you don’t live up to that expectation.

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