Curriculum Vitae are the tools used by recruiters to make decisions when short listing candidates for a particular vacancy. The most important attribute of a successful CV is that it clearly explains to the reader your technical skills-set and past experience. Your CV should be:
Remember you are not writing a CV for yourself you are writing it for the reader.
When you submit a CV to a recruiter, it is their first contact with you. Therefore, you need to present your CV well and make it user friendly. For example:
The following should give you a general template for setting out your CV. Remember that this is only for guidance and you should always produce a document that you are happiest with. Remember this is generally your first contact with a prospective recruiter. Click to download the example layout
Having established the purpose of the CV we can now look at the layout and content in more detail.
Your CV must provide a clear picture of your essential characteristics and capabilities. You should be prepared to highlight skills and experiences most pertinent to the type of positions you are interested in applying for.
The following information can be used as a guideline when deciding what information to include in your CV and where: