Hints On How To Structure An Ideal Cv

January 16th, 2009

The most common styles of constructing a CV

Chronological – this is the most widely used. You can either list your jobs and achievements in chronological or reverse chronological order. This means that you can either start at the beginning with your education and then list your first job, followed by your second, etc. Reverse chronological order means that you list your current job first and then list your previous job and then the job previous to that and so on

Functional – if you have had a varied, non standard career, then you could use skills or abilities as the headings for your CV and then quote achievements within each paragraph

Performance – in this style of CV, your heading will be achievements or highlights of your career progression. Within each paragraph, you could list specific examples of how you demonstrated or developed your skill set.

Length of your CV

Try to keep your CV to less than two pages long. Have line spaces between each section.

This may not seem like a lot of space, but consider what your CV is aiming to do. Your purpose with your CV is to rapidly convey the idea to your proposed new employer how to evaluate your candidacy favourably. Be ruthless with your employer’s time and which elements deserve their space in your CV.

How should I present my CV?

Print your CV out on high quality white A4 paper. Try to use a consistent font all the way through, with bold and bigger font sizes to bring out headings. Use a simple, easy to read layout. Use white space intelligently.

What writing style should l use?

Be concise and easy to read in your style. Be smart in the use of your words. Make them punchy, active words. Make sure you use the first person when detailing your work. Use powerful words, such as managed, led and achieved. Check your final CV for spelling and grammar mistakes. You can use a computer spelling and grammar check but it’s also a good idea to get it checked by somebody else.

Do I need different CVs for different jobs?

Always tailor your CV to the post that your applying for. Match your skills to the needs of your job.

Doesn’t everyone stretch the truth a bit on their CV?

There’s a difference between selling yourself and inventing things! Selling yourself is placing your skills and experience in the best light. Never be tempted to invent qualifications or previous jobs. You might be asked for more information about them at the interview stage

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