Graft

How to Construct a C.V.

STRUCTURE

 

PERSONAL DETAILS:

Name

Address

Telephone Number / Mobile Number / E-mail Address

 

PROFILE:

An introductory paragraph containing a short summary of your strengths, skills, experience, qualifications (if relevant) and career plans.

Include credentials, track record and aspirations.

• Demonstrate passion and/or focus in your choice of target role.

• Are clear about the range of organisations you are considering.

• Highlight those areas of your qualifications and experience most likely to be of interest to these employers.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS:

What are your greatest achievements? What have you done that means a great deal to you? Have you affected yours or someone else’s life in a special way?

 

KEY SKILLS:

Write a bullet-pointed list of your soft skills, technical skills, practical skills, area(s) of expertise and knowledge.

You can include here skills like: clean, current UK licence; other languages; etc.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Include paid work, work-experience placements and voluntary positions.  You may decide to list all employment or only those jobs that seem most relevant to the role for which you are applying.

For each job, list the organisation for which you worked, the position you held and the start and end dates with month and year.  Then under each write either a bullet-pointed list or paragraph stating your responsibilities and/or duties for each position held.

 

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING:

List the name of the educational institution and/or training provider you attended, the location you were based, the start and end dates attended with month and year (maybe including the length of the course), and underneath the qualifications and/or name of the course undertaken and passed with the level and grade you achieved.

Include all relevant work-related qualifications, any on the job training and any training being undertaken at present.

 

INTERESTS:

List your hobbies, interests and spare-time activities.

 

REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

This statement concludes your CV.  In some cases, you may already have the names of your referees available and may want to include, but generally, hold back until asked.

Basic Elements of a CV