What is a CV (Curriculum Vitae)? –
A CV is a written summary of your work experience, skills, and education.
“Curriciulum Vitae” is a latin word which means “course of life”.
CVs are most commonly used to help people to get jobs.
Employers will ask you for a copy of your CV, so that they can learn about you and consider how suitable you are for a job.
Employers often see hundreds of CVs on a regular basis. Making sure that your CV stands out is very important!
How are CVs structured? 🏗️
Your CV can be structured any way that you want, but should generally include things like:
- Contact details – e.g. your name, phone number, address, email address 📨
- Personal statement – a brief summary of who you are, what you’re looking for 👋
- Knowledge and skills – you should tailor this section to fit the job you’re looking for! 🧠
- Work experience – put your most recent experience at the top. This could include things like volunteering jobs if you do not have experience 💼
- Education/qualifications – put your most recent at the top! 🎓
- Key achievements – what are the most impressive things you’ve achieved that an employer will be interested in? 🏅
- Interests/hobbies – include this section if you’ve got any hobbies or interests that relate to the job that you’re applying for 📚
So that’s it!
Hopefully you’re feeling more confident about understanding what a CV is, and what they look like.
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