There’s no question that job seeking is a competitive business in today’s economy. According to an unemployment released in January of 2014, the Bureau of Labour Statistics states that 10.2 million people are currently out of work. Standing out can mean the difference between landing the interview and being shuffled in the endless pile of applications. Whilst you want your CV to be eye catching, employers will expect to see certain sections in your CV no matter what. Be creative, but be thorough.
Required CV Sections
These sections make up the backbone of a solid CV and shouldn”t be left out unless they’re irrelevant to your experience (such as education).
Contact information should be included at the top of your CV. Beneath your full name, include as much detail as you’re willing to share, such as your address, home phone, cell phone, and email address. Don”t include your social security number; this can be shared when you’re officially hired.
Your summary statement is perhaps the most important aspect of your CV. It offers a short, compelling description of your career accomplishments, as well as your future ambitions. How will you impact the target company? Why should they continue reading? What sets you apart from everyone else? You might consider hiring a CV writing service if you’re unsure how to create a compelling summary statement.
If you”ve completed higher education, this is a section to include in your CV with the name of the school or college, the degree or course of study, and the dates you attended/graduated.
Employers don”t look only at formal job experience when making their hiring decisions. Be sure to list any volunteer or unpaid experience you have here as well. For instance, if you grew up on the family farm and are applying in the agricultural field, make sure you list that experience here too. If the list is extensive, you can create a new section for activities, associations, and volunteerism.
Optional Sections to Include in Your CV
The following sections can flesh out your CV but are not required. Typically, qualifications and skills will be listedone or the otherbelow contact information and your CV title.
Cater your qualifications to the job you’re seeking. This can mean a lot of editing and legwork when you apply for multiple jobs, but a tightly focused CV will be more effective than a generic one. Qualifications to list might be specific training, awards, and experience that relate directly to the job you’re applying for.
Skills are an often overlooked section to include in your CV. A skills summary can replace the qualification summary toward the top of your CV, breaking down individual skills into easy to read bullet points or nicely formatted lists for your employer to scan.
Don”t Obsess Over Your CV
We all know how important a good CV is, but agonising for hours will likely net you few improvements and a lot of stress. A clean, well laid out CV is important, but your efforts are better spent searching for jobs to send those cvs to. LiveCareer’s free CV check can help you discover potential trouble areas in your CV.
Because you don”t get a second chance to make a first impression, take the time now to create a well formatted, professional CV. A good CV gets the second look, whilst a poorly written, cluttered, or unformatted CV will likely get tossed out at first glance. By learning the sections to include in your CV, you’re well on your way to writing the perfect CV and hopefully landing the perfect job!