|CV is the abbreviation for the Latin 'Curriculum Vitae', which means 'the story of your life'|
Notes on producing your own CV
First impressions last - the reader's attention must be grabbed in the first 20 to 30 seconds when reading a CV.
What a prospective employer really wants to know is why they should invite you for an interview. For this reason, a summary of your capabilities in the form of a short profile at the top of your CV, followed by a list of your major achievements, will grab an employer's attention.
Visual layout / organisation of information
Relevant personal details can be reflected but be short and to the point.
CV should be 2/3 pages long
Keep your CV to two or three pages, unless someone specifically asks you for a longer version.
As Employers usually only spend 1-2 minutes reading each CV during their first pass through a pile of CVs, they won't have time to read a 10-page CV.
They don't want to know your whole life history - just enough to decide whether they want to interview you or not.
No Profile section or a poor Profile section
Your Profile should be the first section on your CV.
It should give a short summary of what you have to offer an employer, focusing on your key skills, strengths, talents and experience.
Having a poor profile is almost worse than not having a profile at all.
Your Profile needs to sell, sell, sell, but in a believable manner. If you oversell yourself, then your CV may be rejected as being unbelievable.
Refrain from long paragraphs and sentences
- Very long sentences make it very difficult to read or scan a CV.
- Time is of the essence - if you want to impress the employer and gain an interview. Keep your sentences short and punchy.
- Use bullet points and 'white' space in your CV to break up the information into manageable chunks.
CV must target the position applying for
When you are sending your CV and the position is not reflected to the skills, it is recommended that you include a covering letter.
Too much detail or too little information
Including too little or the wrong sort of information on your CV will mean that an employer won't know whether you have the relevant experience and skills.
It is advised that you include relevant technical Information employers are looking for. Include information about your current and previous jobs, and detailing your relevant experience, abilities and achievements.
Poor grammar, misspellings, typographical errors
More time will be spent on reviewing a candidates CV that is better prepared and of a good quality.
Errors in your CV can detract from an otherwise good CV and make you look careless and this is not a characteristic you want to portray to an employer.
Ask someone to read your CV before you send it outIf you've produced your own CV, you can't expect it to be 100% correct. Your CV needs to be thoroughly tested and the paragraphs that is incorrect, needs to be fixed, replaced or improved.
It is suggested that after you thoroughly check your own CV, show it to friends, colleagues to give their input and look at suggestions.