Your CV is normally the only route to obtaining a job interview, unless you’ve been recommended by someone with great influence. So, spending time to check you’ve included all the necessary sections is always worth it. You’ll find a CV template within the career tools of this site and some CV content which you may be able to adapt.
A personal should be a short summary of you as a person, it may include some characteristics both on a business and personal level, for example ‘I am versatile and highly capable individual who strives in a demanding role’ or ‘an extremely organised person with a compelling track record of meeting deadlines and achieving targets’ It’s the first section of the CV that will be read, so really think about how you want to portray yourself.
If you are a mature person with a lengthy work history, you may want to include your last 3 positions in detail, followed by additional positions. This will enable you to provide insight into your positions without boring the reader. If you’re relatively new to the job market and have less than one position, include any part-time or voluntary work you’ve done. Provide a brief introduction into your role and key objectives followed by responsibilities, list these as bullet points and try to keep each bullet point on one line it’s much easier to read.
This is an effective format to highlight any key achievements such as, ‘managed £1m development project on time and within budget’ or ‘multi-managed several projects and managed over 150 workers.’
Listing your qualifications is pretty straightforward. However, if you feel that your qualifications do not project your ability, you could always change the heading to ‘qualification and skill level’ you can then include any skills you’ve acquired whilst on the job.
Again relatively simple to list your interests, but try and include phrasing which portrays a good work life balance, for example ‘I enjoy walking in the countryside at the weekend, it helps to destress and rejuvenate my mind’
Normally references are detailed ‘upon request’ but if you have several contacts who are willing to provide a reference, why not be bold and a little different by including ‘Wondering whether you should interview me? Contact John Brown, a previous line manager to find out how my performance contributed to achieving our targets.
We hope you’ve found this summary useful, we’re always adding more advice and guidance to our career portal, if there is any subject you would like to learn more about please email, firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help you further.