People often ask us, “why is my C.V. so important, why can’t I just sell myself to the hiring person in the interview”? Well firstly, you need to get to the interview stage and your C.V. is the key tool that will take you there. Building a great C.V. is the single most important thing you can do when searching for the right job and as such, it deserves a great deal of your time and attention. For the employer, your C.V. will be one of many that will land on their desk and they need to filter out the high-quality prospects from the pile to obtain a manageable list of candidates who they can then invite to an interview.
Your C.V. is your first impression, making it the first step in selling yourself to the recruiter. It should always include the following key information:
- Your personal details (name, address, telephone number, email address)
- Education (in reverse chronological order)
- Employment history (in reverse chronological order)
- Roles and responsibilities, skills, achievements (ensure these aspects are relevant for the role you are applying for)
- Hobbies and interests (e.g. charity work or running marathons)
Though it might be tempting, try not to overload your C.V. with information – keep it to two pages as a general rule. Most recruiters will only scan-read a C.V., so making good use of bullet points makes it easier for them to pull out key details.