A well-constructed curriculum vitae – also referred to as CV and, more recently Resume – is essential when seeking employment. You are in competition with many other candidates after the same job so your CV should have the necessary information the employer is seeking.
Write your CV
The CV specialists recommend a few basic rules on how a CV should be written and what information to include.
- Personal details – your name, at least one or all contactable detail address, phone number, email address) and any professional social media presence
- Profile – here you sell yourself by stating the skills and qualities you have that the employer needs
- Employment history – start with your recent or present job. Include any temporary or voluntary jobs
- Achievements – from previous jobs that are relevant
- Qualifications and training – start with the recent ones first. Mention any training in previous jobs
- Interests or hobbies – this is optional. The employer may like to see if you can fit in with the team/department or the culture in the company
- References – ideally two with contact details and include a recent employer
You may have taken a course in order to prepare yourself for your career change then mention any subjects you undertook that you know they need. This shows you may not have the experience but you have the knowledge.