In order to secure your perfect job, you need to ensure that your CV is up to scratch. Follow these tips to ensure that you impress your potential future employer before even meeting him / her face to face.
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Interview Basics: How to Create a Professional CV
Your Curriculum Vitae is a representation of your skills and the value that you have to offer
a company. It is a means of making a good impression before you even meet your potential
employer. Below is a step by step guide to creating a professional CV that adequately
highlights your skillset, past experience and future goals.
A Cover Page
Your cover page should be clear and concise, and should include the following information.
ï‚· All of your relevant personal information: your full name, date of birth, ID number,
home language etc.
ï‚· Contact details: phone number, email address etc.
A Cover Letter
For every CV that you send out, you should include a cover letter that has been personalised
according to the company and position for which you are applying. In the cover letter, be
sure to address the person who advertised the position directly and mention where you saw
the job ad. Explain in detail why you are interested in the position and why you believe you
would bring value to the role. Mention your relevant skills and work experience, and
anything else that you believe will set you apart from other applicants.
A good CV is a thorough CV. It should include the following:
ï‚· Education and qualifications: The name of your school / university and
qualification(s) should suffice. However, some people opt to summarise the different
modules that they completed while studying and, if impressive, some people also
mention the grades which they achieved.
ï‚· Work experience: List your duties and responsibilities for each job and be sure to
highlight the time spent at each company.
ï‚· Skills: Skills include any additional languages in which you are proficient, any
computer programmes that you have experience working with etc.
Interests and achievements: Avoid clichÃ©s and keep things straight to the point.
Mention any unusual hobbies that may help you to stand out or that have helped
you to grow as