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5 Stage Job Search Tips – Stage 2A – Structuring an impressive CV / Resume

Stage 2A – Structuring an impressive CV / Resume


You have researched yourself and identified your dream job.
You have researched the market and found a vacancy.
So how do you put together a CV / Resume that will guarantee you and interview?


Q: What does CV stand for?

A: Curriculum Vitae


Q: What is the main purpose of a CV / Resume?

A: The main purpose of a CV / Resume is to persuade a potential employer that you have the right skills, experience, education and personality for the job.


Q: What are the key qualities of a successful CV / Resume?

A: A successful CV / Resume is the product of careful thought and planning. It needs to stand out from potentially hundreds of competing applicants. In order to do this a CV / Resume must be planned and written specifically for the job you are applying for, clearly expressing how you meet the requirements for the job. A successful CV / Resume must be concise, honest and error-free.


Q: How many sections are there in a typical CV / Resume? What are they?

A: There is no limit to the number of sections in a CV / Resume, although all CVs / Resumes should cover professional experience, educational qualifications and skills. The only rule to remember is that the sections within your CV / Resume should be strictly relevant to the position you are applying for.


Q: What is the best way to structure the contents of your CV / Resume?

A: There is no one correct way to structure your CV / Resume, although the two most common approaches are the conventional chronological CV / Resume and the skills-based CV / Resume.


Q: What are the two most popular ways of structuring a CV / Resume?

A: Conventional chronological CV / Resume and Skills-based CV/ Resume.


Q: What are the differences between the Conventional chronological CV / Resume and Skills-based CV/ Resume?

A: A chronological CV lists your academic achievements and work experience in chronological order. A skills-based CV / Resume lists your key transferable skills relevant to the job and provides evidence of these skills.


The structures of Conventional chronological CV / Resume and Skills-based CV/ Resume.


Conventional chronological CV / Resume

1.      Your name in large letters
2.      Contact details
3.      (Personal statement)
4.      Education / Academic qualifications
5.      Work experience
6.      Activities and interests
7.      Additional skills
8.      References

Skills-based CV/ Resume

1.      Your name in large letters
2.      Contact details
3.      Personal statement / Career profile
4.      Key Skills
5.      Work experience details
6.      Education / Professional qualifications
7.      Interests
8.      Referees


Q: Why are Skills-based CVs particularly popular with career changers and recent graduates?

A: Both career changers and recent graduates may not have much relevant professional experience, so they may prefer to use a Skills-based CV, where capability is emphasised over experience.


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