Writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Here are some helpful and important facts to remember when preparing your CV.


What is a CV?

A CV is your first introduction to a prospective employer or recruiter. Your CV should provide an overview of your skills, experience, and knowledge and other qualifications.

What should your CV contain?

When preparing your CV, you may want to consider the following headings which would preferably be in this order:

Personal details Professional statement Work experience – Achievements
Education / training Hobbies & interests References

Personal Details

Your details should include: full name, current address, phone numbers and your email address.

Professional statement

This gives you a chance to sell yourself from the get go. A professional statement or what others call a mission statement allows you to briefly explain, who you are, what you do, what your best known for in the work place and also allowing you to help the employer know where you want to go with your career.

Work Experience

Your work experience should read in your CV with the most recent employment to the oldest. Clearly state your employer, location & your job title and list your key duties and responsibilities associated to each of your roles. Keep your dates clear and in order. Work experience details on your CV is vitally important as this is what the employers are interested in the most. Keep things clear and concise, bullet point, & don’t waffle. This is also a great chance to highlight your key achievements. List your key achievements under each role you were involved with. This will allow the employer to see how successful you were in each position.

Education / Training

More and more, we are seeing employers highlight education as an important part of their screening process. You don’t need to add in your Primary & Secondary education as they will only be interested in your third level education and extra trainings / further education courses.

Hobbies & Interests

Keep this short and sweet – Be honest.

References

If you are comfortable to outline your references, by all means do. Prior to providing details of your references ensure you have asked them for their permission of being your referee, and advise them of the role you are being interviewed for. Make sure you have the correct contact details of your referee – phone numbers and email address.

Helpful hints on the preparation of your CV

  • Aim to include facts and evidence and ensure self-opinion is avoided.
  • Keep your CV clear, concise and easy to read – Remember that a CV is there to stimulate the readers’ interest not to bore the reader.
  • A CV that is hard to read is mostly forgotten so structure will play a large role in aiding the reader.
  • Keep your CV honest – never ever include anything which you cannot defend.
  • Spellcheck, spellcheck, spellcheck and spellcheck again!
  • Do not include a photo on your CV – the employer is looking for information and facts about you, not what you look like.