Tips for building a good CV
Have you got a CV? Most job applications will require you to submit an up to date CV to see if you're the right fit for the role. This can be quite a daunting task if you don’t know what to include or how to stand out from the competition.
Here are some of our top tips for creating a great CV!
1. Personal details: You should always start with your name and contact details (phone number and email address), the area you live can also be helpful but you don’t need to be too specific, e.g. Belfast.
2. Introduce yourself: Here, you should write a few lines to highlight what you have to offer. You can summarise relevant experience and skills you may have, make this specific to the role you are applying for.
3. Summarise your skills: Highlight the skills you can offer employers through a bullet point list. This part of your CV will be scanned quickly so be concise and clear.
4. Highlight experience and training: In this section, you should include any relevant experience/training you have that could lend itself to the role you are applying for. This could include paid or volunteer work and work experience.
Now you have your CV, ensure you read through it to check for spelling and grammar mistakes before submitting it to employers. It can be helpful to have a friend or family member check it for you as well.