To give prospective employers the best possible image, you should ensure that your
CV is of a high calibre. If your CV does not resemble a similar layout to the formatting
recommended below, we recommend reformatting your CV so that it gives potential
employers a good impression.
Your CV should include your name in full (including any middle names) as well as
your full address, telephone number, mobile phone number and date of birth. CVs
should also include an introduction or summary that gives the employer a short overview
of your skills, qualities, hopes and plans. The content that you write in your introduction
or summary paragraph should be written in a positive tone and should be relevant
to the job that you are applying for. The introduction to your CV should make prospective
employers want to read the rest of your CV.
In addition to the above, your CV should include a complete account of your working
life thus far. Leaving any gaps in your employment history or being vague with dates
could result in a potential employer not inviting you to the interview stage. You
should always include any paid, unpaid, full-time, part-time, sandwich placements
or vacation jobs starting with the most recent work experiences as these are the
The suggested format for your CV can be viewed below:
- Include the month and year e.g. From June 1994 to Sept 2002 with jobs
- Provide your job title, employer name and employment type e.g. full time
- List your main duties and responsibilities
- List the skills you have used, developed and performed during the role
- Try to put more detail into recent and important job descriptions
- List additional skills such as computer literacy, driving and language fluency
- List your education, training and other certifications that are relevant and include
any appropriate dates, places of study and an overview of the course.
- Do not list qualifications or training that you attempted or failed to complete
In addition to the above, you should tell the reader a little about yourself as
a person such as activities involving leadership or responsibility (clubs, societies,
college) as well as any team involvement such as sports, committees or other organizations.
You might also want to include any competitions that you have won awards for. Interests
that are not relevant to the position such as one-person interests (stamp collecting
and other misc hobbies) are typically not of interest to an employer unless it connects
with the work that you are applying for.
Once you are confident your CV meets the above specifications, you should proof
read your CV for spelling and grammatical errors. More than half of the CVs that
are received by Baxter Personnel contain spelling or grammar errors of some kind
which does not send out a good signal to potential employers. On a final note, good
luck with your job search. We hope we can help you find work.