Writing your CV
Scientific genius? Well, even Einstein needed a CV. When it comes to applying for a new job, your CV is the ticket to securing an interview. Here are a few tips and a template that will help you stand out from the crowd.
Tailor your CV
When you’ve found the job for you, first stop is thinking about your CV. You need to reflect your skills, experience and qualifications in a way which will make the employer sit up and take notice. Try using the same terminology that’s in the job advert. Relate your experience to the duties specified in the job description. This way employers can quickly identify that you have the required skillsets.
Stick to no more than two pages of A4. The best CVs are straight to the point. Use bullet points to write shorter and more focused sentences. Summarise your experience by drawing out the most relevant skills and knowledge gained. This way you’re more likely to hold the reader’s attention and make an impression.
Keep your CV updated
Review your CV on a regular basis. Make sure your most recent and relevant experience is listed first. And add any skills or experiences that are missing. The same applies if you’re a recent graduate: make sure your education is listed directly after your personal profile.
Employers are looking to gain an insight into your personality. Use an interest section to really hammer home how diverse and skilled you are. Make yourself sound interesting – describe examples of positions of responsibility, teamwork, or anything that demonstrates your use of initiative.
You’d be surprised at how many people forget to include references. State someone who has employed you in the past and can give a good account of you – include two people if you can. If you’re a graduate, use a lecturer or tutor as a referee.