Your CV is your personal sales brochure. Its goal is to convince the employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Your CV is the first point of contact with the employer and as such must make a good first impression.
Be aware that the employer may get hundreds of applications, and on average the reader spends10 seconds looking over a CV before making a decision to read on or discard it. As such, your CV must be clear, well organised and hold the reader’s attention. As a rule, your CV should be no longer than 2 - 3 pages.
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Rather than being a generalised account of your career, your CV should be targeted specifically to the organisation and position you are applying for, matching your best talents and qualifications with the job requirements. All jobs are different, and so are all employers. It's important that your CV speaks directly to the job, addresses the position criteria, and is relevant to the position.
Always begin your CV by providing your contact information:
Your Career Objective is a short, concise statement that gives the reader an overview of your professional strengths and the direction you wish to take in your career.
'To apply my ten years of experience in business development, and a master's degree in sports management, to a role in sports development in the public sector.'
‘To lead the marketing and sponsorship strategy of a major international sports governing body.’
As an alternative, you may wish to write a few lines as a personal profile. No more than 5 sentences, this statement should gives a brief synopsis of your career.
The skills summary provides an overview of your most valuable professional skills you will bring to the position. You should only include keywords in his section, do not go into lengthy descriptions.
Include your professional education, qualifications and awards, in order of highest level of qualification attained.
Name of Institution
Year Started – Year Completed
Name of course
List, in reverse chronological order (most recent first), your professional employment history. Each job should include this basic information:
Don’t just list job tasks. Use your CV to demonstrate how your skills and experience can translate into real benefits.
Activities and Interests
List your main activities or interests (maximum of 3 or 4), including any associations, clubs or volunteer work you have been invovled with.
You may wish to add a section for ‘Other Information’ to include things such as other languages spoken, non-professional courses completed/ qualifications gained, computer skills/ level of competency, etc.
Provide the name and contact details of three references or mention that references will be provided if required.
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