A curriculum vitae is short for CV which is a document that highlights your academic achievements and working experiences. It is a personal marketing document that is used to sell yourself to future potential employers. A typical CV includes your skill set, academic achievement, short courses completed and your overall working experience. Everyone’s CV may differ as every individual has their own unique journey of experiences.
How to draw up a comprehensive CV:
1. Keep your CV brief and to the point. Avoid cramming everything in and ending up with a 5 page CV. Hiring companies/managers do not like sifting through so many pages as they simply do not have the time to read through every single detail. Just as the saying goes “less is more”, keep your information on your CV relevant.
2. Keep a consistent style and layout throughout your CV. Always ensure that you choose a legible font and keep the font size to a maximum of 12 with a line spacing of 1.5. Ensure that your CV headings are uniform, by making them larger, bold but not overdoing it on italics and underlining.
3. When highlighting your academic history / working experiences, ensure that it is written in reverse chronological order from the most recent events. When outlining your working experience ensure that you list at least your first 3 jobs. State your job title, name of the company, the date which you started with the company and a line that summarises the role. Then bullet point your key responsibilities, skills and achievement for each position.
4. Having a personal statement plays a vital role in making your CV successful. The purpose of a personal statement is to capture what you have to offer and why you would be the perfect candidate for a particular position. It should be no more than 50 to 200 words and situated at the top of your CV. The aim is to connect your cover letter and set the tone for the rest of your CV.
5. Adding your referees to the end of your CV is no longer important and you may include the line that reads “references available upon request”. However, if you wish to include this at the end of your CV, ensure that they are reliable and contactable referees. Do not include a work colleague or friend as it should be a Manager or a Supervisor that directly manages you and oversees your work.
With all the above mentioned, we know that a CV requires as much information as possible which can multiply the amount of pages in length. When writing your CV, try and keep it to at least one page but do not cut out crucial details/ information to save space.