A CV is a concise document summarizing a job applicant’s past skills and experience. It provides a summary of an applicant’s suitability to do the work that they are applying for. In order to project an image of utmost professionalism it is important for a CV to be clear, concise, and well-written. A proofreading service will ensure that spelling is correct, but a candidate will also have to provide the initial content.
A CV is not set to any definite format and what it includes is very much dependent on the individual applicant. However, candidates who apply for a specific position with a company should:
- Check the company’s website and endeavour to find out what that company is looking for in a prospective employee; they (the candidates) should also ascertain the specific skills that are required for the job on offer;
- List their present position(s) and the jobs that they held in the past providing all relevant employment dates, company names and addresses;
- Mention their pastimes. Some pastimes and sports, for example a rugby enthusiast, may suggest a positive image, whereas others such as reading or watching TV may imply a more passive personality;
- Outline their special skills; for example, a specialist knowledge of Photoshop, social media marketing, or fluency in other languages may be beneficial to the company. An applicant’s skills, experiences and personal qualities can provide a prospective employer with a more in-depth understanding of that candidate. Candidates can also mention published articles, reports, and booklets as well as conferences they organized and attended or lectures they have given;
- List qualifications, education details in reverse chronological order, beginning with university and providing information of the relevant dates and the grades obtained;
- State at the end of their CVs ‘references available on request’. Employers can then ask for details of the names of references if they are prepared to offer an applicant a position. Candidates should discuss their job applications with the referees they have selected, but not provide the names of referees at the time of application.