Your CV is your "advert" to sell yourself to an employer.
What is a CV?
- CV stands for "Curriculum Vitae"
- Curriculum vitae is Latin for "Life Story"
- A CV is also often called a "Resume"
What to Include in a CV
A CV should at least include the following:
- Your personal information
- Your work experience
- Your skills
- Your education
- Your personal profile and interests
- Your references
Your Personal Information
Personal information should include name, address, telephone, and email. I
will suggest you put this information at the top of your CV and make it look
like a letterhead:
123 Internet Lane, 4311 North cap, Norway
Tel: 020 7650 555, Mobile: 055 778 8 991, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save other personal details for a later paragraph.
Your Work Experience
List what you have done - most recent work experience first.
Include a short job description and your responsibilities:
Programmer. Northcap IT.
Accountant. Northcap Auto.
Make sure your work experience is on the first page of your CV. This outlines
your skills and selling points. Additional information should be added later.
Skills are best described with a list.
List your skills - most important and relevant first.
Don't forget to include responsibilities. Responsibility is a very important
Education is best described with a list.
List what you have studied - most recent education first.
Bachelor degree. Accounting. University of Northcap.
High school degree. Computing. College of Northcap.
Courses & Diplomas
XML Diploma. W3Schools.
Internet Programming Course.
Don't forget subject options, special project, courses, or diplomas.
List only a few names - like a teacher from your place of study, and a
superior from a work situation - and make sure they can easily be reached and
are willing to give you a good reference.
Your Personal Profile
Your personal profile should include additional information
about your age, status, interests and other relevant information that can produce a
positive picture of your character. I will suggest you
put this in the last paragraph of your CV.
My personal interests include fishing, sailing, and cycling. I am
currently the secretary of the Northcap cycling club.
- age 32
- married, 2 children
- good health
- clean driver license for car and lorry
Employers will be interested in this paragraph because it reveals your
character, but be careful. Don't overdo the description of your interest and
don't describe interests that might distract your job. If you are coaching a
football team, don't count the number of wins. Let them ask you about
details in a later interview if they are interested.
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