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IMPORTANT TIPS to look for a Job- A CV (Curriculum Vitae)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

When should a CV be used?
  • When an employer asks for applications to be received in this format. 
  • When an employer states “apply to ...” without specifying the format. 
  • When making speculative applications (i.e. when writing to an employer who has not actually advertised a vacancy). 
Contents of a CV
  • Personal details and contact details 
  • Education and qualifications 
  • Work experience (full or part-time, paid and voluntary) 
  • Interests, activities, posts of responsibility, etc 
  • Skills (practical skills such as IT and languages) 
  • Referees 
A CV should normally be no longer than two sides of A4: some people prefer a one side CV, but this can sometimes be rather too cramped, especially for postgraduates.
Curriculum Vitae Model
  • First name 
  • Surname 
  • Address(es) House number, street name, postcode, city, country
  • Telephone
  • E-mail:
  • Nationality:
  • Date of birth:
  • Education and training (2007 - University Diploma - Harward)
  • 2003 - (High School Diploma - Los Angeles)
  • Work experience (2006-2007 Microsoft - Software beta testing).
  • Occupation or position held.
  • Main activities and responsibilities.
  •  Name and address of employer. 
  • Type of business or sector
  •  Occupation or position held.
  •  Main activities and responsibilities. 
  • Name and address of employer. 
  • Type of business or sector
  • Personal skills and competencesLanguagesMother tongue(s):
  • Other language(s): (Specify: Understanding, speaking, writing level)
  • Computer skills and competences
CV Layout (Examples)

NameDegree qualification and above
Telephone numbers
E-mail address
Date of birth
Profile / Career Objective
Use a three to four line paragraph selling your personality or what you hope to achieve. Emphasise what you have to offer rather than what you expect from an employer.
Education / Qualification
List your highest qualification first and work backwards. List the title of your qualification, the college / university name and dates.
Training / Placements / Experience / Dissertation / Project
Sell your qualification with practical experience or investigations completed whilst in education. What makes you different?
Work Experience / Summer job(s)
Explain any experience gained through working with other people. Use this to demonstrate your reliability or team working ability.
Other Achievements / Special Projects / Memberships
At an interview it is extremely important to make yourself memorable. Use life moments that have changed you positively.
Interests & Activities
Don't just list three or four words. Write a paragraph about how you use your spare time. Introduce yourself as a person rather than just a job candidate.
Personal Details
Do you drive? Do you smoke? Do you have a passport?

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