How To Write a CV
For some, writing a CV can be a daunting task. Fortunately, following the right steps can make the task quite simple. No matter your industry, there are general guidelines to follow that will make your CV look professional and impressive.
Determine the Type of CV You Need to Write
Believe it or not, there are different types of cvs. Determining which type your job requires will set you on the right track. Types of cvs include chronological, functional, target, and combination. The difference between each is the type of information listed and the order in which that information is presented. If you want to learn more about each type, start here for a quick overview.
General Guidelines for Writing a CV
Formatting is an important aspect of every CV. By following typical guidelines, your CV will be easy to follow and appealing to read.
Typically, CV’s should be no longer than one page for entry-level workers (two pages for more experienced professionals), so you need to keep your information as concise as possible. You should also use common fonts, such as Times New Roman or Ariel, and a font size of 10-12 points.
Most importantly, make sure your CV is error free and that the formatting is consistent. Your CV is the first impression an employer will have of you so it’s important to take time to make it look professional.
What to Include in a CV
Here are five standard CV sections:
Your summary statement is perhaps the most important section of your CV. In essence, it offers an overview of what you’ve done in your career and what you’d like to do moving forward. Most importantly, it relates directly to the job you’re applying for, so the potential employer will have a solid picture of how you’ll contribute to their company.
Contact information is a simple, yet very important part of your CV. If the employer can’t contact you, you won’t get the job. Include your address, phone number, and email address so that the employer has a few options to reach you. Also, make sure your email address is professional and not something that casts you in a bad light.
The education section allows employers to see exactly what your qualifications are for the job. For this section, list your most recent degree first. In addition to the degree title, include the institution name, location, and date earned (unless you graduated over five years ago). You can also include your class honours. and any other certifications earned in this section if you’ve recently graduated.
If you’re using a chronological format, list your most recent work experience first. Include the name, location, position, and date of employment. For each position, list about three important tasks that you were responsible for. Try to pick accomplishments and responsibilities that are relevant to the target job.
There are many other pieces of information you may wish to include in your CV, including interests, volunteer positions, certifications, and portfolio links. Each of these items can be valuable and may give the employer additional insight into your qualifications. Following these guidelines can be simple! You can even use LiveCareer’s CV builder to help you get started. By beginning your CV today, you’ll be one step closer to your dream career.