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What is a CV?

What is a CV?

The term CV is an abbreviation of the words Curriculum Vitae - Latin for “Course Of Life”. The modern CV is essentially an overview of your education and qualifications, professional experience and key skills and achievements within a concise document. The CV is regularly presented to potential employers to aid the decision as to whether or not to interview an individual.

What Should A CV Contain?

Personal Statement

The personal statement is an introduction for the reader and can be written in either the 1st person, 3rd person, or even both if executed correctly. There is often a lot to be said for engaging the reader at this point and a strong example may be:

“Now seeking a new challenge, I am confident that I will quickly become an asset to any organisation that I join” 

The personal statement should be no more than 10 lines long and in most cases should be kept down to 5-6 lines. Remember, enough to whet the appetite of the reader without an intimidating wall of text that no one will read.

Key Skills

The Key Skills section should be an overview of your core competencies, in layman’s terms, what you're good at. We normally suggest 5-6 key skills which should be bullet-pointed. A strong example may be: 

“Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, confidently engaging stakeholders at all levels.” 

Education, Qualifications and Professional Experience

Without going into too much detail, the next two sections (Education and Qualifications – Professional Experience) are overviews of your educational and professional experience and achievements, respectively. It is suggested that you list these in chronological order with your most recent role appearing first. At CV Lizard, we normally suggest that you aim put in not only what you have done but also what you have achieved within either the role or educational establishment. Remember this is your chance to sell yourself and your experience so don’t be shy when it comes to stating what a fantastic job you did!

Personal Interests

When writing about your personal interests, it's important that they add value to your application. Stating that you love travelling if you're applying for a job in a supermarket could be seen as a negative, for example - you're likely to hand your notice in and move off to South America in 6 months time! However, if you're applying for a travel consultant role, it's highly relevant and should be expanded on. It's all about context! 

References

CV Lizard always suggest leaving your references off and simply stating that they are available on request. It is now the norm to do this, so please don’t feel the need to divulge everything straight away, but be prepared for any offer to normally be matched with a reference request. 

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