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Curriculum Vitae There is no perfect template, and each sector may require a different emphasis on a different aspect of the

content, such as career history or qualifications. However, experts suggest there are some basic rules on how a CV should be written and the information that should be included. Overall, a CV should be neat and typed if possible. Most libraries now have public computers, if you do not have your own. It should also be short, usually no more than two sides of A4. It should be positive, stressing achievements and strengths, and make a good impression in a clear and positive way. The basic format for a CV includes:         Personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and possibly any professional social media presence. You no longer need to include your date of birth, owing to age discrimination rules Career history, starting with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate A personal profile which sells yourself and your qualities, tailored towards the job you are applying for Achievements from previous jobs that are relevant Qualifications and training from previous jobs, with the most recent first Interests, if they are relevant and especially if the skills or teamwork concerned are relevant for the job Any extra information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties References, ideally two or more and including a recent employer Corinne Mills is managing director of Personal Career Management, which offers careers coaching. She says that a straightforward font and formatting is required - and the spelling must be checked and checked again. "Poor spelling is the quickest way of getting a rejection," she says. She adds that people should check five or six adverts for a particular job and then use the common requirements to mould their CV. "Many people think that one CV will fit all applications, but it needs to be a very targeted document for the role they are going for. Do some research so you understand what employers are looking for."

What are the basic elements of a CV? Whether a potential employer asks to see your curriculum vitae, CV or resume, they're looking for one thing – a document that proves why you're the ideal candidate to invest their time and money in. Essentially it's a sales brochure, pinpointing the interesting USPs (unique selling points) that make you stand out from the crowd. There's no universally accepted format, but your CV should cover these elements:  Your details - Include your name, address, phone numbers and email address so any interested employers can contact you easily. Information such as nationality, age and driving licence status are optional.

Include every IT package or programme you have used as well as any foreign language skills you have gained.        Resist the urge to jazz up your CV with images or colour .they're easier to read. some tangible.Again. Aim to use bullet points wherever possible to highlight your responsibilities and achievements in each role so the person scanning your CV can quickly match up your experience with their job description. above all else. Be careful not to cram too much in.Including these is optional and often used to fill up space at the end of the document. Instead take your main skill and relate it to the job you're after to show employers why you meet their needs. continuing in reverse chronological order including the name. it's a good idea to nominate tutors or mentors. Things to watch out for Time spent making sure your CV is crisp and relevant is always time well spent. you're on the right track to presenting the information in a clear. Avoid using font sizes smaller than 11pt. and state whether you're at a basic. Steer clear of long paragraphs.Personal statement . concise and persuasive way. location. to the point and. It should be clear to anyone reading your CV where to find the information they're looking for. with enough ‘white space' to ensure they're not overawed at first glance. but you should also make sure they would be easily contactable by potential employers when the time comes. Keep it short. There are plenty of simple mistakes that are often overlooked that will turn your readers off before they've gone much further than your name and address. Always remember you're not writing a CV for yourself. but don't overdo it. Use typefaces like ‘Times New Roman' or ‘Arial' .  Skills . Don't use txt speak and only use abbreviations if they're universally known. You'll obviously need to choose references that you're confident will give positive remarks. Careful use of bold type can be effective.Whether you realise it or not you will have picked up many skills over the years.  Education .  .  References . something more personal to discuss at an interview.Always keep your CV to two pages of A4. give brief details of your academic and professional qualifications along with the grades you achieved. The idea is to give the interviewer a more rounded picture and. If this is your first job. If you're looking for your first job since leaving education. Due to the high volume of applications they receive.  Hobbies and interests . As you write your CV. but to get you an interview. Underlining should be reserved for website links only.  A clear and simple layout . you are writing it for your reader. interesting.  Work experience .List your most recent position first. include this information above any work experience. website and dates of your employment for each company you have worked for. If you follow the structure outlined above. a recruiter will generally spend at most 20 seconds initially reviewing each CV. Skills such as communication and project management are harder to substantiate and should be backed up with examples. some less so. intermediate or advanced level. in reverse chronological order. The purpose of this document is not to get you the job. so it's important to get it right. employers won't strain their eyes to read it. put yourself in their shoes. but you should state that details are available on request.It's not necessary to list referees on your CV. perhaps.One paragraph that immediately captures the attention of your reader and entices them to find out more about you.

State. Long Beach.A. Journal of Educational Psychology. Internet Programming ability in C++ and PHP Fluent in German. French and Spanish . 2004 .com Objective: Assistant Professor. John (2005). Publications: Smith. Paper presented at the Psychology Conference at the University of Minnesota. California State University. 2003 Skills and Qualifications: Microsoft Office.Sample Curriculum Vitae .125. 2005 Academic Excellent Award. 2000 Experience: Instructor. Learning Disabilities Research Skills: Extensive knowledge of SPSSX and SAS statistical programs. $1500      Awards and Honors: Treldar Scholar.2006 University of Minnesota Course: Psychology in the Classroom Teaching Assistant. The behavior of learning disabled adolescents in the classroom. Psychology. 2004). Psychology. The behavior of learning disabled adolescents in the classrooms.2003 University at Albany Courses: Special Education. 2005). City. Special Education Thesis: Communication Skills of Learning Disabled Children B. 2002 . Grants and Fellowships: RDB Grant (University of Minnesota Research Grant. 120 .Academic John Smith Street. $2000 Workshop Grant (for ASPA meeting in New York.A. Psychology Education: M. 2003 Concentrations: Psychology. Zip Phone: 555-555-5555 Cell: 555-666-6666 email@email. University at Albany. Presentations: Smith John (2006). CA..

and can sound like a form letter). State what you will do to follow up. Day. State Zip Code Telephone Number Email Address Month. Year Mr. Refer to the fact that your resume is enclosed. State Zip Code Dear Mr. Sincerely. If you will be in the employer’s location and could offer to schedule a visit. Mention other enclosures if such are required to apply for a position. such as telephone the employer within two weeks.Sample Cover Letter Your Street Address City. and basic information about yourself.) . indicate when./Ms. LastName: First paragraph: State why you are writing. State that you would be glad to provide the employer with any additional information needed. Thank the employer for her/his consideration. Mention specific qualifications which make you a good fit for the em ployer’s needs. how you learned of the organization or position. (Your handwritten signature) Your name typed Enclosure(s) (refers to resume./Dr. Demonstrate that you know enough about the employer or position to relate your background to the employer or position. etc./Dr. O. Box Address City. Third paragraph: Indicate that you would like the opportunity to interview for a position or to talk with the employer to learn more about their opportunities or hiring plans. Second paragraph: Tell why you are interested in the employer or type of work the employer does (Simply stating that you are interested does not tell why. This is an opportunity to explain in more detail relevant items in your resume. FirstName LastName Title Name of Organization Street or P./Ms.