How to structure a killer CV

August 31, 2016 / Sharnie Carter

Your CV allows you to sum up important information about yourself from who you are, what you are capable of and what experiences you have. If you are struggling to produce that killer CV take a look below on how to structure it:

Personal details

You should always state your personal details on the top of your CV. This includes stating your name, address, telephone number and email address. If you have a professional LinkedIn or Twitter profile you can add this as well, however if there are things you do not wish your future employer seeing then it is best leaving this out.

Personal profile

Under your personal details you should then give the reader a useful overall 100 word summary of yourself.  You should keep it factual with evidence to back up your point. You should also include what differentiates you from anyone else, whilst informing the reader about how your skills and experiences will help you in the role. Remember you should make this statement interesting in order to make them want to carry on reading and invite you to an interview.

Education

You should then state all of your relevant studies and courses that you have completed, starting with the latest and work in a chronological way back. Here you should also make clear the educational institution, grades/qualifications and dates.

Work experience

Under this heading you should list any works experience. Again you should start with the most recent job you have had and work your way back. You should also state the name of the companies that you have worked at, location and your job description. You should think about whether to include all of your works experience depending on the job that you are applying for.

State important pieces of information

An employer likes it when you include the languages you speak. This is because as the world is continuously changing most companies are doing business in several, even dozens of countries around the world and therefore a candidate with various language skills can be a real benefit for them. Having a second language will set you apart from other applicants. So if you speak more than one put it down! You should also consider your computer and IT skills and include what computer programmes you are good at.

List you skills, interests and activities

In order to make it clear for the reader, you should identify your skills and list these at the bottom of your CV. You should consider all of your skills from your studies, works experience, interests and activities that relate to the job that you are applying for.
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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

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