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How to write a winning CV?

Writing a good CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile.  Every CV is different as you want to show why your set of skills makes you suitable for the position you’re applying for at that moment, but all follow a similar structure.

So what should be included in your CV?

  • Contact details
  1. Include your full name, home address, mobile number and email address.
  • Profile
  1. A CV profile is a concise statement that highlights your key attributes and helps you stand out from the crowd. Usually placed at the beginning of the CV it picks out a few relevant achievements and skills, while expressing your career aims. A good CV profile focuses on the sector you’re applying to, as your cover letter will be job-specific
  • Previous Employment
  1. Put your most recent job first;
  2. Include your start and end dates;
  3. List your responsibilities (include 3-4 for each job)
  • Education & training
  1. List by most recent first;
  • Hobbies & Interests
  1. Keepit relevant to the job you’re applying for;
  • References
  1. References (someone who can vouch for you)
  2. Include a previous boss, if you can;