Writing a CV can be challenging as, if done well, it reflects your skills, work experience and education in a succinct and persuasive summary. It is important that you take time to really understand yourself and what you have to offer, and also ensure that your CV reflects the skills, language and competencies that the job you are applying for requires.
Curriculum Vitae is a Latin expression meaning “the course of my life” and it needs to reflect this. It provides an overview of a person’s life experience. It is important to remember that a CV is really a sales document – and you are selling life skills.
Sometimes it can be quite overwhelming choosing what to include in a CV. So it is important to remember that an employer is not interested in what you can do, they are interested in what you can do for them. So your CV needs to reflect this.
A job description generally has a personal specification and essential KPIs, so it is essential that your CV includes examples of how you are suitable. You are unique and all your life experiences make you who you are. Some examples include;
- Work History and Academic Achievements
- Cultural background
- Hobbies – Awards
- Your status – single, married, widowed, parent, grandparent, carer etc.
- Values and Beliefs
- What drives your enthusiasm and passion
Combine your skills with results so they become more meaningful to prospective employers. Avoid vague language and use action orientated verbs. Take time to really understand yourself and the job you are applying for. It is worth putting more effort in at this stage as it is great preparation for when you get an interview.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”