Has writing your CV left you feeling confused? Worried you’ve left some crucial details out? Fear not – we have a list of everything you need to include in a CV to ensure success.
Include relevant experience
If you’re applying for a job in dentistry, you probably don’t need to include that three-month temp job you did in a supermarket at uni on your CV. Always make sure any work experience is up-to-date and relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Skills and qualifications
If you’re worried you don’t have the right skills for the job, include transferable ones. These are skills that have been acquired in one setting but can be used in many different sorts of businesses. This can be anything from management experience to writing and comprehension skills. Obviously include any job-related skills too. Also, remember to include qualifications.
It might be an idea to include an interests and hobbies section. This gives you the chance to add a little personality so the employer can get a taste for what you are like as a person.
Don’t leave gaps
If you’ve been on a gap year or took time out for illness - whatever your reason - don’t leave big gaps unexplained in your CV. If you went travelling, include the dates and any skills/attributes the experience gave you.
Tailor to the job role
Customise your CV for each job you apply for. Sending a generic CV to multiple employers won’t catch their eye. Be specific and you’re bound to stand out.
Check and check again
It doesn’t look good if there are errors in your CV. Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, conflicting dates or wrong contact details certainly won’t impress an employer. Go through and proofread everything you’ve written to be 100% sure it’s correct.
And there you have it – the perfect CV!
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