How to Prepare a Great CV

Q: What is a Curriculum Vitae?

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a tool which every young person looking for employment should have. A great CV is a written document which tells a potential employer who you are and what you can do and if it is well written, it helps you get one step closer to that all-important employment interview.

Q: Why is it important to put together a great CV?

Everyday, thousands of young people apply for jobs and every day, thousands of employers and Human Resource Managers look at potential employees. CVs. There are so many different formats available for preparing a CV but you need to put yourself in the eyes of the employer and ask .is this the CV of someone I can employ?.

CVs which are well-prepared and carefully thought-out show a potential employer that the young job applicant is an asset to their organisation. Often, young people begin putting together their CVs at school but the formats for CVs used by schools can be outdated or out of touch with what employers are looking for. So it is definitely worth the effort and time spent to prepare a great CV.

Q: What should be included a great CV?

One of the best formats which we have come across in recent years is a format that keeps the information clear, concise and simple. And it makes a great impression. Here is an example of a great CV:

Q: How many pages should I include in my CV?

A: The best length depends on what the employer wants. Often, in newspaper advertisements, the advert might state that it only wants CVs of one page in length. If that is what the employer wants, then stick to one page.
But the general rule of thumb is to never submit a CV which is longer than two pages in length. CVs which have more than two pages often contain irrelevant information. And it is very risky to submit a CV to a potential employer which has irrelevant information on it. Another useful tip is to never include a title page on your CV which only has the words. Curriculum Vitae and Name. on it. That is a waste of paper and space and the employer will have to keep flicking pages over to get to the information which she or he wants to see.
Q: Do CVs have to be typed?

Ideally, they should be but there are some people who cannot type. If you cannot type your own CV then you should let the employer know that you had a typist type the CV for you.
Q: Should I include fancy fonts, photographs and graphics in my CV?

A: Never! CVs which are filled with pretty pictures and different fonts might look nice to you but if you were an employer and read dozens of CVs every day, pretty pictures and changing font faces would start to get annoying.
Curriculum Vitae
Your full Name

In no more than two or three well-written sentences, describe what your skills and experiences are. These sentences allow you to give your summary of who you are and what you can do. If you don't include a synopsis, then an employer will have to form his / her own summary after reading your CV. And it is possible that with a badly written CV, that an employer could miss an essential bit of information which could have made you suitable for the job. Here is an example of a synopsis of a hypothetical young person: .A committed activist in the youth development sector with 6 months experience as a project manager of a team of 5 young people. Excellent team-work skills as well as listening, conflict resolution and time-management skills were developed..
Personal Profile
Date of Birth: Put your date of birth here
Nationality: Put your nationality here
Languages: List only the languages that you can read, write and talk in fluently
Identity / social security number: Put your identity or social security number here
Telephone number: Put here a telephone number where you can be reached

Employment History
If you have been employed, list here from most recent to least recent, the companies /
organisations you have worked for. A good way to present this is as follows:
Name of Company (date started, date ended)
Full-title of position / job you held
Educational Qualifications
It is a very good idea to begin with your latest qualification obtained. For example, if you completed a degree, list the name of the institution where you received your degree, the name of your degree and in what year you graduated. List only the names of the major subjects in your degree. You do not have to tell a potential employer in your CV that you completed an arbitrary first year subject. If you do not have a degree or post-schooling qualification, then list the name of the institution where you went to school and the year you received your school-leaving qualification. Again, you do not have to list every subject you ever studied since you began school. That information is irrelevant in a CV and will only make your CV look unprofessional.
If you have received awards that show you are good at something, then list only those that are relevant. A potential employer does not need to know you got a perfect attendance award when you were 8 years old. But it is a good idea to include academic awards you might have received at university or college or in the final year of high school. The best way to judge if you should include an award you received is to try to match it to what job you are applying for. If you are applying for a job as a computer technician and at university you received a Dean of Faculty commendation for academic excellence, then include it. Don.t include information on your award for perfect attendance at football practice . it is not relevant.
Projects and volunteer programmes
If you have work experience, then in one sentence, summarise each major project you were involved in, when and in what capacity. Here is an example:
Lead a team of 10 employees who developed a company guideline on how to reduce factory
pollution in Salt River in July 2002.
If you don't yet have work experience but volunteered in your community, then include a short
sentence on that experience. Here is an example: .Participated as youth volunteer in January
2005's Tsunami Relief Fundraiser organised by CambodiaJobs Foundation, Cambodia.

It is a good idea to include the names of three people who can be contacted to provide a reference for you. If you have been employed, include the name of your previous or current employer. If you have not been employed, then include the name of the coordinator of a volunteer programme in which you are involved. You might include the name of your religious leader in your community or a teacher. The person who you include as a referee must be asked before-hand if you can include his or her name. It is very impolite not to ask permission before-hand.



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