CV Tips

What makes a 'good' CV?

Be brief and to the point, generally no more than 2-3 pages.


What do you need to look for?

No spelling mistakes is everything spelt correctly? Get someone you trust to proofread your CV.
Correct grammar and punctuation is your grammar and punctuation correct? Poor grammar and punctuation may reflect badly on you so get your CV proofread by someone you trust.
Clear layout is it easy to read? 
Relevance is the information appropriate for the position?
Clarity is the information easily found?
Accuracy is the information accurate and truthful?


What should you include in your CV?

Initially sit down and draft a CV in ‘Word” to provide yourself with a working document. Use the examples provided to decide what you want your CV to look like.
Remember there is no right or wrong way to present your CV. The following headings are most often used in a CV. You may omit some or add others in that are relevant to your circumstances or the position you are applying for.

  1. Headings - Necessary and/or optional
  2. Name *  
  3. Address*
  4. Cellphone/Email/Skype*
  5. Nationality
  6. Date of Birth
  7. Drivers licence
  8. Personal Statement
  9. Career Objective/Work Goal*
  10. Summary of expertise
  11. Relevant skills*
  12. Work History*
  13. Qualifications*
  14. Additional professional training/Courses Attended
  15. Achievements/Highlights*
  16. Recreational/Leisure Activities/Hobbies*
  17. References*
  18. Additional Information

Those marked with an asterisk (*) are the more commonly used headings or information included in a CV. They are however not exclusive, you may use others that reflect your career to date.

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