A curriculum vitae also known as a CV is a formal writing which contains personal details, education, professional qualifications, hobbies, contact details together with a person’s career which is used when applying for jobs to allow an applicant to Showcase his abilities to the potential employers.
A correct format should be used in order to write a professional and presentable CV which should capture the attention of the interviewers. Before starting to write, ensure that you pick a format which best suits you and fonts which can easily be reads. It is mostly preferred to use a black text with a white background for your colour scheme for because it is more simple and professional. There are certain steps that should be taken in writing a CV and each step should have a heading, which divides the CV into sections, to help the employees to easily navigate through it when skim reading; therefore creating a pleasant reading experience. You can either choose to bold or underline you are headings for clarity.
- Contact Information.
Include your full name, your email address, phone number and home address (which may not be necessary in some case). Try not to include some personal information like your marital status, religion or languages under the section unless asked to do so in an advert.
- Personal Information
Write a brief overview of your knowledge, experience skills. Make sure that you use keywords which reflect on why you are a perfect candidate for that job.
- Work Experience
Ensure you start with your current job following with the preceding jobs in a descending order; including the work title, the name of the company you worked in and the year in which you did the job.
Under this section, list your education starting from your highest education to the lowest including the year you started and they which you ended and the grades which you scored in each level.
- Skills and hobbies
List all your skills that you have learnt over time and those which you had, ensuring that they are closely related to the job you are applying for.
The hobbies should include what you like doing that has become a habit because they make you happy. They include reading, dancing, cooking, watching movies or cartoons, cleaning or any other thing which you frequently do for pleasure.
Write any training that you have undertaken to mentor you for the job you are applying for.
Write the names, contact details, email address and professional of people who you trust to give accurate information about you. They should be people who you know and they know so much about you. Don’t forget to let them know in advance that they may be called by your interviewers to give some additional information about you.
Normally, a CV change over time as the person’s level of education or work experience increased. It is therefore necessary to update it when such instances occur to have a fully functional and professional CV.