Advice on Your CV


The purpose of a CV is to get YOU to the interview by showing you have the experience and knowledge required. Without being misleading or overstating your credentials the CV should emphasise the qualities which suit you for this particular job. Give a brief description on your background, achievements,  and career to date- you can give further information at the interview.

How to Improve Your CV

  • Keep it short and to the point. Employers receive many CVs so if yours is easy to read and  relevant this is an advantage. Keep to two or three pages (Max.).Ideally you should email your CV/cover letter thereby helping the environment, saving on cost/time for all parties.
  • Don’t  waste time and money on fancy covers/introductory pages. Remember only the relevant content will be copied or emailed (MS word or PDF format) for circulation to interviewers.
  • Emphasise the relevant skills and work experience. Tailor your CV for each application. Give more detail on recent experience rather than on previous activities.
  • Subdivide your CV into sections for Personal, Education/Training, Employment History, Achievements & Interests. Under Personal include name, address, phone number(s) and e-mail address.
  • Under Education and Training, detail career to date and qualifications achieved. Name colleges, institutes or training courses attended. List the most recent first, give dates, examination results and qualifications received.
  • In the Employment section, start with your most recent position and work back. Include your title, responsibilities and length of employment. If appropriate detail the projects, systems and equipment you worked on.
  • If you have been in employment for only two to three years, detail your non-academic achievements. This shows you are enthusiastic and have initiative. The appearance of your CV. should not distract from content. Avoid elaborate fonts and be consistent with headings and layout.
  • Typing mistakes and grammatical errors will not impress any prospective employer. Don’t rely on the spell check for mistakes. Read it carefully and ask a literate friend/colleague to proof read your CV.
  • Send a typed cover letter or preferably an email with your CV explaining your interest. Address the letter to a specific and relevant person. Keep it short (one page) explaining who you are, the position applied for, your suitability and relevant skills.
  • Do not include references - you may not want a prospective employer contacting your current employer. Check with referees before using their names.References will not be required unless you are offered the position.
  • Avoid humour, as this is a serious business. Keep a copy of the CV and cover letter/email on file. This will be useful if you are called for an interview or apply for another position with the same employer later.


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