The solid and effective preparation of your CV will greatly improve your chances of landing that dream role when you leave University. The statements you make in your CV should be positive, make a good impression (in a clear and positive way), but never overtly over the top or untruthful.
What are the basic things about creating a successful CV?
Your CV should express who you are and what you know in clear, concise English. Your CV should contain your personal profile, qualifications, interests, career history and suitable references. The font, spelling, structure and overall layout must be checked again and again. “Poor spelling is the quickest way of getting a rejection,” says Corinne Mills managing director of Personal Career Management.
What is the best information to include in your CV?
Recruiters should easily be able to find your qualifications by reading the very first page of CV. Afterall if you’re not qualified you are not going to be successful. On the first page of your CV you should highlight your experience, any placements you have undertaken and refer to your academic skills too. If you have a particular area of expertise or other skills then these should also be highlighted.
What extra curricular activities or qualifications should you include on your CV?
The position you obtained in school, college or university should also be explained. After all this is an ideal chance to talk about your leadership qualities and how creative you are. Your contribution to the community, a special group or club can also used to show your social and moral values about business and society at large. You could also mention your personal hobbies and interests, such as sports and leisure activities, just to prove your a real human being.
Do you include any previous work experience?
Your work experience should also be briefly described. For example if you have done a sales representatives job, you could include the target you achieved with that business and any customer feedback you received. The more specific and clear information about your experience you provide – then the higher the chances you have of being successful and winning the race to secure the new position.
Preparing your CV or resume is a work of art which should grab the attention and attract the recruiter at first glance. It is important to keep your resume up to date and at a very high standard. Most of the questions you will get asked in an interview will relate to your CV – so make sure you are well prepared for all possible types of questions you may face.