CV Writing, CV Template and Advice
Profile/ Career summary
- This paragraph if well written can be very effective part of your CV and can really impress a potential employer. Recent research claims takes person reading a CV only 6 seconds to make a decision on whether they will invite candidate for interview.
- Short concise paragraph summarizing your strengths, attributes and personal qualities (5-7 sentences).
- Must be relevant to the job you are applying for. Key tip.. use the job spec as your guide !
- Also include any relevant competencies and skills again using job spec as your guide.
- At the end of this section do put in a type of mission statement i.e. state the type of job and or industry you are interested in.
- Important to be able to back up at interview stage whatever you say in this section with concrete examples.
- Dates attended
- College name
- Name of course or qualification achieved
- If relevant to the job put in additional information on any modules taken, Projects,Thesis etc.
- If you are a graduate you need to make a connection with anything that you have done in third level that would be relevant to the job so for example a work placement or projects completed.
Company name, Dates worked (to and from), Job Title
- List your most recent work experience first
- 5 – 7 key bullet points per job. List most relevant experience first!
- Give concise, clear, relevant information.
- Use active verbs, positive phrasing
- Put most emphasis on your most relevant experience. Any role after your third last should be referenced but don’t go into details ( unless very relevant to the job application) i.e. you were an Insurance administrator 8 years ago you left it to do hairdressing and now you want to get back into insurance
- Where possible do include career highlights, a work achievement or details of key projects you were involved in. Doing this will really give your CV the x factor! Where possible include metrics and details of how your actions had a positive result for the company.
Achievements/ Career highlights
- Bullet points, must be specific no ambiguous statement or padding,
- Include number, figures, percentages where possible
- This is a very important section of your CV – major selling area and sets you apartfrom other candidates with similar work experience. Don’t shy away from this section.
- You can also include achievements outside of work if you don’t have many workrelated ones.
Any relevant skills such as
- IT (list software ,programs ,databases you have used recently or have a goodknowledge of)
- Languages (state level of knowledge)
- Driving Licence ( If necessary for the job state if you have a clean full license)
Only put in genuine interests especially anything relevant to the job application.
Simply state Available upon request
At application not necessary to include contact details of your references
Do give your reference the heads up that someone may be calling, ideally with rough details of type of job you are applying for. This is for practical reasons. It may have been a while since you have worked for them so they need to refer to their records and prepare for the call. You also need to confirm they still work there! Aside from all that it is also good business etiquette
Final Basic tips on format
- Keep it simple, professional and reader friendly. Your CV can be personalized within reason. Don’t overdue tables and boxes.
- Keep away from colour fonts and paper
- It is not necessary to put personal information such as date of birth, passport numberetc. on your CV.
- Irish job market not really tradition to put a photo of yourself.
- CV length should be 2 to 3 pages depending on your experience. Full pages only large amount of empty space on a CV doesn’t look good. Over three pages is really getting too long. If your work experience is varied you may consider having different versions of your CV. Do keep a master CV and this can be as long as you like as it is for your reference only.
- Consider putting in a competencies or skills section in your CV. Avoid shopping list of competencies need to back up with brief examples.
- Check for typo’s or ask someone to proof read it for you
- Final check before you send it review the job you are applying for and compare it toyour CV. Have you tailored your CV adequately for this job?