Your CV and Cover Letter will be the first impression you will give a to a potential employer, generally speaking you will have 20-30 seconds to impress! Your CV is your marketing document which will be your own unique selling point in demonstrating everything you have achieved in your career to date.
A CV should ideally be 2 pages long (definitely no longer than 3 pages), and should include the most relevant and important information for the position you are applying
- Be a strong unique document with a professional format, layout and design.
- Provide evidence that you have the qualities to fill that position and do the job
- Keep it simple. Print the CV in blank ink on white A4 sized paper. You want it to be your achievements that stand out, not your use of bright pink paper!
- Use a clear, easy to read letter font like Arial or Times New Roman.
- Full name, Address, Email and Phone Number Address for Correspondence
Education & Qualifications:
Starting with your most recent qualification, this section should include:
- Name of College/University, qualifications and grade achieved
- Name of secondary school and Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)
- Any other courses/qualifications
Start with your most recent position and work backwards in reverse chronological order. The following information should be given for each position held:
- Dates of employment
- Company name and location (town/city name only)
- For each position include the job title and briefly outline the key duties and responsibilities of the role. Keep this section clear and concise by using bullet points
- Include any significant achievements that may have come about as a result of your work
- Avoid overloading this section by only including your most recent and relevant employment
- Include technical skills such as PC Applications, hardware, operating systems, software etc.
- Include any relevant non-technical/soft skills, such as presentation skills, team management skills etc. Outline the manner in which you gained these skills.
- Achievements may be from your hobbies and interests, your education or indeed your employment history, if you have not previously mentioned them above.
- At the end of the CV include hobbies and interests.
Key things to remember
- You should rework your CV for every job you apply for, emphasising the aspects of your work history, skills and abilities that best suit the requirements of the position.
- Avoid long paragraphs of text. Bulleted paragraphs are a great way to save space and add impact
- Be brief and concise
- Keep your CV positive and make sure to highlight your achievements.
- Do not lie about your experience and skills: you will get caught out eventually
Best of Luck