CVs usually follow a generic template that allows employers to quickly check how suitable you are for a vacancy. We have provided some easy to view CV templates which can help you chose an effective layout.
CV's are the main form of 'suitability checking' a candidate for employees to quickly assess whether you are suitable for the job or not. The CV is often the first step in the employer getting to know you, so you need to ensure it stands out among the crowd.
There is no exact format to layout your CV, however; we've compiled a generic template to show a basic layout. Formerly known as the 'curriculum vitae', your CV should include your contact details, any qualifications you've achieved and the work experience you've gained.
CV's often include references as well as key skills you have.
Here is a generic CV template you could use:
Address: 123 Any Street, Any Town, Any County, Any Postcode
Mobile: 01234 567 890 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | LinkedIn: Any Name
(include 3 core areas that match role criteria for online optimisation)
Include a 1 -2 sentence profile outline of your background, experience and key qualifications (if relevant); ensure this section is targeted towards your objective role, industry sector and focuses on your career goal; always remember that you have anything from 10-30 seconds to grab the recruiters attention so be relevant, concise and succinct
Areas of Expertise and Key Skills
Highlight 9-12 key words that enforce your background, skills and expertise in direct relation to your career objective; for instance if you are applying to be a project manager then include your methodologies - these are buzz words that will support a more effective online job search and maximise your opportuntiy of showing in online recruiter searches
Education, Qualifications and Training
Include your most recent qualification first and work back in a chronological order. If you are a recent graduate (last 3-years) include your dissertation title and any specific projects worked on
Interests: Only if they have a relevance to your career or application, avoid cliché statements
PC Skills: Outline your IT literacy and include specialist packages if relevant to your career / industry
Languages: Include all languages you know and show proficiency
References - Always close with these being available on request
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