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Your CV is your start point when beginning your job search. It’s your first chance to impress a potential employer. Although your CV should be unique and personal to you there are still some important principles to follow.
Your personal details
Make sure you include your name, address, email address and contact telephone number. You may also wish to include your age, marital status and nationality, however this information is optional.
It’s this section of your CV that many readers will focus on. So you should use this space to summarise your skills, working background, achievement and career aims. This only needs to be a few lines and should be honest, punchy and jargon free.
From present to past, list all your previous places of work. You should include the name of the employer, the dates in which you were employed, key responsibilities and some key achievements. It’s important that the person reading your CV gets a good feel for your skills and experiences so make sure that this comes across in detail.
Education & Training
Start with your most recent qualification or training course and include the name of the school, college or university, the dates you attended, the course name and the grades.
Interests & Achievements
This is your chance to get some of your personality across. Do you have any social interests or hobbies? Have you achieved something in your life which you’re really proud of? Use this space to quickly highlight these points.
Any potential new employer will wish to speak with your old employer in order to get a reference. This will happen before any job offer is given so be prepared to pass your reference contact details over when asked. Your references contact details do not need to be put on the CV and it’s perfectly acceptable to write ‘References available upon request’.