A traditional curriculum vitae would start with your personal details (i.e. your name, address and contact
details etc) e.g.:
2 Church Avenue, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
Tel: 01234 555 3444
This would then be followed by a profile
This is the area where you can summarise your work experience. You can also include some personal traits in this section. Please note, that the personal profile should not be too long, so if you can write effectively yet concisely then all the better.
Traditionally the next section is the work experience section:
This section lists your jobs together with dates. While some people just list jobs and very little else, it is to your advantage if you come across as an achiever in this section, so that you stand out over and above the competition. Consequently, it is helpful if you can turn simple job roles into achievements
. This is far easier said than done, and especially if you want to do it concisely, pertinently and proactively. In fact it is a specialist skill to do this powerfully. However, we help clients with this day in day out and if you need help
in this respect then we can help you.
Traditionally the next section is qualifications:
Whilst this section sounds pretty straightforward on the surface, there are other considerations are played and sometimes it isn't a good idea to add all of your courses/qualifications
willy-nilly. At the same time, if you do have good qualifications then these are usually worth listing.
Some people also add training sections (including IT training), and sometimes it is advantageous to include this, but it really depends on you, what training you have done, to what level, and what job you are targeting.
Some people put the skills
summary near the top of their CV, but it is usually more effective towards the end. The skills section is essentially a very visible way of showing the employer the main skills and competencies you have on offer.
For example, many people mention their IT skills, people skills etc.
It is quite common for people to include interests
on their CV. At the same time, it isn't obligatory, and not everyone includes this. If you can include interests which are relevant to the job, then all the better.
Similarly, you are not obliged to include references
on your CV. Some people include them, some people don't include anything, and some people just include some text mentioning ‘references available upon request.’
Ultimately, it is up to you whether you include them or not, but most employers are not really interested in references until you impress at interview.
Some people include other sections on a CV, for example they may include a separate section on IT skills, voluntary work etc. A lot of the time extra sections are not really necessary, but different employers look for different things they need to be flexible and keep an open mind.