Two facts of life to consider before you compile your CV
Your CV is compiled in order to support your job application to a potential employer. It should be carefully produced and professionally presented. However, it has to be understood that your polished presentation has just 10 seconds in front of a human resources personnel, in the first stage of a three stage screening process. If your CV is not seen to contain the required check list items, which is in front of the reviewer, then, most probably it will be discarded to the waste bin.
Knowing this beforehand can be disconcerting and discouraging. It is a fact of life that securing a job is a full time job in itself and the presentation of many hundreds of CV’s to many hundreds of potential employers has to be accepted as part of the activities required in getting a job. Accordingly, it is not wise to make one CV in the hope that one size fits all. For each job advert the key words have to be transferred to your CV. You may be very fortunate if you secure a job with your first application.
Further, remember you will only get what you can negotiate
Compiling your CV
At the end of this section you will find examples of CV formats and typical content for you to consider. However, first the key elements within the job advertisement shall need to be listed .
However, the first significant fact to understand is that it is an individual person who wants a person to fill a position in their organisation. The person requiring a new hire will not have time to draft out a full description of the job to be done nor to detail the experience and skills required to do the job. Accordingly the person wanting the new hire will write out a “shopping list” which are the key skills and attributes of the person required to be hired. This “shopping list” is transmitted to the Human Resource Department ( the recruiting person ) who then makes out the advertisement and places it on the net or in newspapers. The critical key skills and attributes are shown in the advertisement and it is these skills and attributes that need to be shown in your CV , item by item, as your application, with some success, will find its way back to the person who needs the new hire and they will compare your CV with the list of skills and attributes that they sketched out at the inception of their requirement.
Your gender and your name
Your home address
Your phone number
Your email address
Your career objectives and personal statement ( 20 word career aspirations and offerings GET IT RIGHT)
Career to date. This is your history of job employment and should leave no gaps without a reason. Key Skills and Attributes to match the job advertisement. No more than 5 short statements interwoven with your job history