Research says the average CV will be looked at for between 10 to 15 seconds, so keep yours concise and to the point.
Research says the average CV will be looked at for between 10 to 15 seconds
Make sure it is easily read, is well set out, and has all the information your potential employer needs.
What to include:
- Your name and contact details at the top – most important
- Email address – make sure it is professional and appropriate
- Career objective – two to three sentences covering what you are looking for, and what you hope to achieve
- Your skills and strengths – a short summary
- Work experience – show names, location and dates of employment, position held, responsibilities and key achievements (put the most recent one first)
- Education – just your degree course, university and GPA
- Other achievements – prizes, scholarships, leadership positions
- Community and volunteer involvement
- Interests – this is a way to really differentiate yourself but be honest
- Referees – do not list your referees. If we want references, we will ask for your permission first. As with your CV, you might use different ones depending on what you are applying for
- Be concise, keep your CV neat, organised and easy to read.
- Use a consistent font (multiple fonts are distracting).
- Ensure formatting is consistent throughout.
- To protect your formatting when submitting online, convert your CV and cover letter to PDF.
- Be honest – do not exaggerate.
- Have a really strong cover letter – just two or three paragraphs that explain who you are, why you want the job and why you think you’re a great candidate.
- Make your cover letter specific to the role you are applying for.
- Point out your best qualities through your work and extracurricular activities.
- Keep your CV professional and appropriate.