Writing a good CV in
English (Part 2)
What should I put in the Education and Qualification section?
Keep this short, but say what degree you studied at university and any
other RELEVANT information. If you passed exams with good grades, put
this in, if you didn't, don't include the grades.
What about the Work Experience section?
Again, only include RELEVANT experience. If the job is for a personal
assistant in an office, don't include your summar job at the local
swimming pool - it isn't relevant!
Use action words to describe things you've done; words like organised,
set up, developed, ran, managed, planned etc.
If you have little or no work experience, try to think of things you've
accomplished and succeeded at, such as organising a youth group,
starting a book club, giving quality customer service in the catering
industry (helping in your uncle's bar, for example!)
Try to make a connection between things you've done in the past and the
position you're being interviewed for.
For instance. if you're applying for a job in engineering, talk about
the time you spent fixing your car and helping other people by repairing
their computers, motor bikes and washing machines.
Hobbies and Interests
Keep this section as short as you can. Try not to put the obvious things
like reading, cinema, going out with friends.
Be aware that solitary activities, such as computer games, reading,
doing crossword puzzles, could indicate a solitary person who doesn't
socialize very well.
Speak about any interests that are relevant to the job or that are out
of the ordinary. Playing music in a band suggests a sociable, creative
person who can work with other people.
Extreme sports such as mountain climbing and skydiving suggest a person
who pushes himself or herself to the limit.
Think carefully before putting your hobbies in your CV and ask yourself
"Is this relevant to the job I'm applying for?" (or at least, can I make
it relevant?) and "What impression does this hobby give the interviewer
What about the Skills section?
Most people write about their language and computer skills in this part.
If you have a driving licence, include it here, especially if it's
relevant to the job.
You may be asked to provide two or more references from people who know
you and how you work. This doesn't mean your mum, dad or sister, it
means an ex-employer, teacher or supervisor.
You can leave this part out at the application stage and just say
"references available on request" in the cover email you send with your
In some fields and professions, it's common to write a short personal
profile at the beginning of the CV. This summarizes the kind of person
you are and how you work.
If you do this, be creative. Write something different that stands out
from all the rest. How many profiles do you think the employer will read
that say, "I am an enthusiastic and efficient worker who is comfortable
working in a team."?
My guess is hundreds! Remember, try to be different and stand out from
the crowd. Good luck!
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