CV Tips

Layout

Believe us, employers and agencies alike don't like searching for basic details so stick to the following format:

 

Personal details

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Email address
  • Home/work/mobile telephone numbers
  • Marital status
  • Driving license/car owner
  • Current salary package
  • Notice period/availability
  • Geographical location required/considered/open to relocation

 

Education

  • Secondary school & qualifications, include 'A' level grades
  • College/University & qualifications/grades
  • Any professional qualifications eg MCSE, CCNA, Prince, Navison certified

 

Training

  • List formal courses you have attended, including provider, course name, duration and date

 

Skills Section

  • List your technical experience including hardware, operating systems, software, languages, networking protocols and if possible indicate strengths in each discipline
  • List any relevant software package knowledge

 

Summary

  • No more than a couple of short paragraphs - include brief, precise and relevant achievements. This part of the CV can be specifically tailored to the position you are applying for

 

Career History

  • Reverse chronological order starting with your latest position
  • Include name of company, job title and dates you were employed (including month)
  • For each position include details of company business, your role and achievements
  • Keep it brief and relevant, use bullet points
  • Don't overload reason for leaving

 

Leisure

  • At the end of the CV include your interests. Employers like people with outside interests, but don't put too many as you'll have no time left to work!

 

Covering Letter

  • This is important, don't underestimate its value, its often the first thing seen by a future employer/agency
  • This should include details of why you are suitable for the position you are applying for, or if speculative, what type of role you are looking for