CVs usually follow a generic template that allows employers to quickly check how suitable you are for a vacancy. CV-Library has 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:
1 Example Street,
1. Personal Statement
Include a brief summary (3-4 sentences) about yourself and if possible; relate it to the current job role you're applying for. You can include a few key skills that you feel you possess.
2. Work Experience/Employment
Company Name - Position Held Date you worked
Then include 2-3 sentences, or bullet points if you prefer, about the duties you held during this role. For example; managing a team, handling customer enquiries, achieving a £10,000 revenue target each day.
This is a great opportunity to mention any work-related achievements you may have had, such as a promotion of overcoming a challenge at work, to really make yourself stand out from the crowd.
Include qualification subjects and institution as well as the year obtained. If you're including a degree; you could include a few sentences about the modules you studied or the tasks you completed during your education i.e. presentations, team work etc. Include the grades you achieved unless poor!
4. Areas of expertise/Professional Skills
List your main areas of expertise with bullet points; include key points from the industry/role you're applying to, for example 'budget management', 'data entry' etc.
Do you have good knowledge or skill in specific computer programmes or are you trained in first aid?
5. Personal Skills
List your key skills here.
6. Interests and Achievements
This section isn't completely necessary so if you don't have any or don't have the space, you can exclude this section. Otherwise this is a great opportunity to make yourself noticeable by including any unique hobbies or out-of-work achievements you have.
References are available upon request.