Out of school or a job? Looking for a job? The first step towards securing a job is writing a banging CV. Here's how to write the perfect CV that gets interview calls.
Yes, I know you are probably wondering if they are not used interchangeably or mean the same thing. The answer is no. A CV is quite different from a resume. A CV includes more information than a resume. A resume is typically a page long but a CV is at least two pages but not more than three pages. CVs includes more information particularly on academic background, such as teaching experience, research, awards, degrees, publications, presentations, and other achievements.
Before you begin to write your CV, know what information that is generally included in a CV. This may include;
Follow these steps to write a CV that gets you called back for an interview;
Step 1: Write your personal info. This includes your date of birth, nationality, number of children, contact details and a photo (if using any). Do not add unimportant details such as the ages /of your children or religious affiliation. This section can also include a brief personal profile (this is optional)
Step 2: The next section is your educational history and qualifications. This should be presented in a reverse chronological order with your most current at the top. Also include dates for each educational milestone. You should also include the course undertaken and your grades point average.
Step 3: move on to your work experience. This is a list of of all jobs you hold and have held in the past. This should also be written in the reverse chronological order, with your most current job beginning the list. Also include dates for the period of time held at a particular job. Add the name of the company, its location, your position and duties held.
Step 4: this is where you present your most relevant skills. You should research the company to know the kind of skills which they will be interested in and include them. This might be additional foreign languages or computing skills. This is where you present your skills you have acquired and what you have accomplished over the years.
Step 5: Present your interest and hobbies. Keep in mind that these portray a picture of you as an individual as such list ones that will put you out there as an active team member.
Step 6: You may also include a section for references. Even though this is optional it is best to provide contact details of people you have worked with. Your future employer may contact them to cross check the information that you have provided. This may be your previous boss, a colleagues or your lecturer. Seek for their permission before your list them on your CV. A minimum of two people is recommended.
I wish you the very best at the interview and hope you get the job!