A CV is a concise document which summarises an individual’s unique skills, character, experience and achievements. CV is short for Curriculum Vitae, which is a Latin phrase which loosely translated means ‘the course of my life’. A CV outlines a person’s academic and professional history which is usually used for applying for jobs.
Why is it important to have a good CV?
In most situations, a CV is the first contact you have with a prospective employer and it is your chance to make a good first impression. You use it to show your prospective employer why they should hire you and what the benefits of having you on their team will be. It is ultimately a marketing tool – your shop window! It is far more than just a run-down of your career history, it is your passport to a new job.
How do I create good CV?
There are no hard and fast rules for creating a winning CV as each job is different and each employer will be looking for different things. CV writing etiquette also changes over time, so it’s advisable to keep your CV updated and tailor it to each job that you apply for.
Principles to remember:
Find out how to put your own CV together at the National Careers Service.
Watch the video on YouTube, How to write a good CV by Ashley KateHR.
Visit Monster.co.uk’s iTunes site where you can download podcasts on creating CVs. Visit their website to download an ebook entitled How to create the perfect CV.
Follow professional CV writing companies on Twitter such as @TheFullerCV.