Presentation. The look and feel of your C.V. should be as simple and clear as possible and although there is no hard and fast rule you should aim to fit all your information within two pages of A4.
Structure.. There is no single, standard way of structuring a C.V. but the main components are as follows:
- Personal Details
- Career Objectives
- Employment History
- Skills and Interests (particularly skills such as vocational qualifications and languages)
- Education and References
The Career Objectives section should very briefly detail the type of position (and possibly the type of company) that you are seeking and why you are right for the role. The Employment History section provides key employment information and should demonstrate a clear development path right up to the present time. The whole section should link with and offer justification for your Career Objectives.
Employment History Tips. Your Employment History break down should always start with your current or most recent company listing your latest role within that company first. Greater detail should be provided about more recent and more significant roles.
Whatever the role, concentrate on highlighting your achievements within it rather than simply describing your responsibilities. Particularly if you are a recent graduate or you are applying for one of your first jobs, it is better to place a little more emphasis on other aspects such as your qualifications and training.
Also avoid glossing over employment gaps. Long, unexplained career gaps can count against you so, wherever possible, explain them.
Final Points. When you have completed your C.V. make sure that you re‐read it & Think about how well you have tailored it to the position on offer.