Many university students will be applying for graduate schemes, entry level role jobs and many skilled professionals may be seeking a different role or wanting to move up a level. Either way you can not get a job without a CV. One of the single most important aspect of you getting a telephone or face to face interview. To add even more complexities, it gets even harder when looking for a job role back home. Nevertheless, it will serve you greatly to ensure your CV is in tip-top shape and here are brief tips on how to do it…

Formatting

Everything on your CV should be consistent. The font and font size should be consistent. The order of your CV should be consistent. If you are going to use dates, please be consistent with using the written month e.g. August – April 2017 or abbreviating the month numerically e.g. 04/2017 – 08/2017.

Structure

This is extremely important. You should structure your CV in a way that makes it easy for the reader to read. A good way to start is to have your essential contact details at the top followed by Education/Qualifications then followed by Work Experience. Towards the bottom of the CV you should mention specific skills you have gained or positions of responsibility.

Work Experience

This section whatever you decide to call it is crucial. What have you achieved? What did you successfully implement? Have you over performed? You are not only telling the reader what you did but what you did and how well you achieved this. This is important in providing the differentiating factor between you and other applicants.

Grammar/Punctuation

No mistakes. You must pay attention to detail on your CV.
Tailor your CV to the specific employer
Do not send one type of CV round to different employers. You should have already gained an understanding of the role therefore you can tailor how you articulate your experiences on your CV.

Stephanie Offei-Ntow (2017)

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