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CV Preparation - Top Tips

Your CV is a factual document - outlining your academic and professional achievements and needs to follow a certain format / layout in order to be effective.

Your CV must be:

  • Easy to follow & clearly presented
  • Factual
  • Use headings
  • Present the information in the correct order - current role first and work backwards
  • Each job title must have dates of your employment
  • Stick to a maximum of 2 pages
  • You don't need to include a personal profile as this can be included in your covering letter

Use the following format to ensure you don't miss anything out:

  • Personal Details – full name, address, date of birth, contact number and email
  • Employment History – start with current and work backwards, must include job title, employer name and dates, and a brief descripton of your role/responsibilities there.
  • Educational History - qualifications
  • Core Skills – for example confident with Microsoft Office applications, or specifically PowerPoint or Excel, ability to speak a 2nd language, touch typing, public speaking, presenting.
  • Additional Qualification or Achievements (not directly related to the role for which you are applying but none the less relevant)    For example First Aid trained, or are you involved with fundraising work, or are you the secretary of your local riding club, it demonstrates your social network which maybe relevant for the role. 
  • Hobbies and Interests