A Good CV Is A Step Closer To A Better Job

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A Good CV Is A Step Closer To A Better Job

In the pursuit for a job, your CV is the way a prospective employer gets introduced to you. It
speaks for you in your absence. When building up a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for a job search,
whether on a job site, or offline, think concise, organized and visually attractive.

Start with your personal data and mark the section as such. Give pertinent details like name,
address, phone number and possibly date of birth or age. Refrain from providing unnecessary
information that can become grounds for unfair selection, such as race, marital status etc. Only
provide financial liability details, such as social security number or financial institution name if
specifically required by the prospective employer, and be on defence about it, by making sure
you understand the reason why they need you to provide such information. Some employers
have a policy of running background checks as a condition of employment and that is OK, but be
on the lookout for possible fraudulent activity, as such checks should not be performed without
your permission.

When looking for job opportunities, the following sections of your CV should include the most
relevant information that employers look for: Your work experience and your education. Make
sure to visually mark your section by one or more of the following: Leave at least one line space
between sections, title the sections appropriately and maybe use bold or slightly different size
font for the each section's title, like


When talking about your work experience, start with your most recent job in London. Provide
starting dates and ending dates for each item, company name, position held in each company.
You can make a short note about the job duties and don't forget to include the name of your
supervisor and a contact phone number. Remember that most employers look for at least 5 years
of history when advertising job vacancies.

In the education segment provide the most recent formal education first, like college, and
continue with the previous most relevant, such as high school. Mention the institution's name and
location, dates and periods attended, major courses if applicable, and if you graduated and the
degree obtained.

Make an additional paragraph to include other degrees, certificates or voluntary work projects
and any other experience that is relevant in the job vacancy for which you are applying. Mention
any foreign language skills you may possess and you may even make a separate paragraph just
for that, since most employers are very much interested in bi-lingual skills.

When composing a CV try to keep in mind that the best built ones should not be longer than two
pages, so avoid giving lots of information that might not be relevant. For instance, if applying for
an office job, the prospective employer may not be interested in the fact that ten years ago you
attended a plumbing seminar.

Try to be organized and formal, as a CV is a formal type of composition. Don't forget to date and

sign your CV and include a presentation letter that is either addressed to a named individual or
for the attention of Human Resource Department. Also include the prospective company's name
and the Job Title that you are applying for.

Good luck and happy job hunting!