In most cases, submitting a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the first requirement in any organisation's recruitment process. It is likely that the Human Resources (or Personnel) Department will screen your CV in the first instance and it is therefore essential that you develop a concise, informative and well-structured CV if you want to increase the likelihood of being called for interview.
Below you will fin some basic guidelines on how to best present yourself on paper prior to your interview with a Resource FM Ltd Consultant.
Basic Guidelines for CV layout
The first thing to recognise is that there is no standard format or ideal CV. Remember, you have limited time and only one opportunity to present yourself in the best possible manner. Your Consultant will provide you with advice on how to lay out your CV if you need it but do observe the following:
Ensure that your CV is typed using a standard, easy to read font. Keep your CV as concise as possible - use bullet points to illustrate key information not lengthy prose. Your CV should consist of no more than 3 pages.
Consider your CV layout carefully and construct it in a manner that draws the reader's attention to your key attributes and experience. Avoid using gimmicks or flashy layouts and never try to be flippant or humorous.
Check your CV for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Ask someone else to proof read your CV for style and content.
Understand the Job
If you are replying to a specific opportunity - read the advertisement or specification carefully and look for the key requirements. Ask yourself:
Do you have the right qualifications and experience?
Does your CV sufficiently demonstrate the desired attributes and experience requirements?
Have you identified your major achievements and do they fit the requirement?
Your CV must contain sufficient details about you - your qualifications, professional memberships, as well as your work history.
1. Personal details:
Ensure that you provide your contact details i.e.
2. Family details:
Keep them brief and relevant.
3. Education, Professional Memberships and Training:
- At the beginning of your career, list all of your academic achievements. As your career develops, restrict these to the most recent and relevant. Provide dates when qualifications and professional memberships were obtained.
- Provide details of any training undertaken especially if it is relevant to the position you are applying for such as management, financial, health and safety and quality assurance.
- If you are fluent in modern languages, include them. If you have experience of software packages for word processing, spread-sheets, presentations etc., include brief details.
4. Employment History:
Start with your current or last position, then work backwards. At the beginning of your career, provide details of every job. As your career progresses, early employment experience will become less relevant.
Always include start and finish dates with employers i.e. the month and year. Do not leave gaps in your employment history unexplained. If you were unemployed say so but identify how you spent your time constructively Include your positions / titles, together with a brief description of your responsibilities.
5. Key Experience(s):
Always include details of referees but remember:
- Bullet point your key experiences and projects and indicate your successful achievements.
- Be sparing with information - remember to tell the employer what he / she wants to know - not what you want to tell him or her.
- Ensure that you display any diversity in your work experience.
- Employers like to see steady progression of experience obtained and projects undertaken.
- Work references are better than personal ones. Contact referees before you provide their details to ensure that they are happy to provide you with one.