Your CV: What Is It And What Needs To Be Included?
Writing a CV can be a daunting experience, where to start and what to include are all key points you need to consider before putting pen to paper. In our latest jobs blog, we delve into the CV and discover what yours should contain.
What needs to be in your CV?
It’s essentially a given but your personal details should be listed within your CV. How you can be contacted is essential so make sure you include your email address and telephone number. Your CV should include your employment history in chronological order and ensure that you place your most recent experience first. This is what a recruiter will be most interested in first and foremost. You should also include your education history and detail anything substantial such as degrees or course qualifications. Furthermore a CV can include items such as hobbies and interests, however only include these if you see them as suitable.
Tailor your CV to suit the job
A good CV should be tailored to each job that you apply for. Whilst you could have a strong CV on its own, you are far more likely to achieve success if you tailor your CV to each job that you apply for. Tailoring the content means that you are only including references that are important to the job in question. A recruiter will only ever skim read your CV so having everything you want to say presented prominently is going to stand out.
What should a CV look like?
Your CV should be short and punchy. It needs to be succinct and be written in a font that is large enough to be read but not too large that it looks like your just trying to fill a page. Typically a CV should be no longer than two sides of standard A4. It should be written out in a logical and tidy manner with consideration paid to line spacing and the size of titles. Being smart is the key here as a messy CV will more than likely get overlooked, no matter how compelling the content.
So above are the fundamental elements of a CV. Creating a strong and eye-catching resume is something that takes time and is a document that needs to be crafted and refined as much as possible. Naturally when it comes to creating your CV’s content you want to highlight your skills, after all this is the purpose of a CV, but what skills do you need to include?
Skills vary and can be classified in different ways. Let’s take a look in more detail below.
What are transferable skills? Transferable skills are learnings that can be taken across from an existing role to a new one. These skills could be anything from knowing how to use a certain piece of computer software to your own general management experience. These are both skills that can be transferred to other relevant roles and are not necessarily restricted to just one job area.
Work-related skills are any skills that are specifically related to a certain job or job requirement. Whether that is a field in a specialist industry such as manufacturing or sciences for example, unless you are going for a role that is almost identical it is likely that some skills may not be able to be transferred across into a new role.
Adaptive skills demonstrate how you work on the fly. An adaptive skill could be anything from how you work well as a member of a team, how you react to work events as they arise, right through to more personable elements of yourself such as creativity and positivity.
The above tips and skills provide the groundwork for your CV. The important thing to remember when it comes to writing your CV is that you don’t get much time to impress your recruiter. CV’s will often be quickly glanced over before any further reading is required so it is essential you refine your CV and ensure it is relevant to the job that you are applying for. Whilst there is a lot to consider, writing your CV should be a fun process and one that sets you on a path to your next exciting venture.
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