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How to put together a great CV

Applying for a new job can be exciting and daunting all at the same time. If you’re just starting out, or if you’ve been in your job for a while, the first stumbling block can be the idea of putting together a CV. But don’t worry! Here are some easy to follow guidelines as well as a simple template to get you started.

September 03, 2020

Contact information

Start your CV with your contact information including full name, address, telephone number and an e-mail address you check regularly. Every employer is different so having a number of ways for them to contact you will only increase the chances of them getting in contact.


Personal profile

In this section, you want to write a short paragraph describing a bit about you and what you are looking for. Make sure to tailor this information for every employer, highlighting specifically what makes you a good fit for the role. Ask yourself, why should they want you? What can you do for the institute?


Experience and employment history

This is to showcase your employment history by outlining your previous experience and skills. Make sure you put your employment history in reverse chronological order with your most recent employer first.


If you have numerous job roles, expand on the roles that are most relevant to the role you are applying for. 



Use this section to outline your education and any professional qualifications. Date and place your most recent first, outlining any relevant qualifications specific to the role you are applying to.   


Skills or achievements

If you have any skills that are relevant to the role, you can detail them in this section along with any personal achievements that you are proud of. Make sure to stay modest and not exaggerate, as you may be asked to give more detail at the interview.



This is an optional section. Use this section to write a brief statement on what you like to do outside of work. Try to mention hobbies that may have enhanced or aided in any personal growth. This will also give the hiring manager a better overview of yourself and give you something to elaborate on in the interview.



In this section make sure to input your most recent last two employers, otherwise you can leave this section blank until you move forward in your application. 


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If you are seeking to build your career in Further Education or Commercial Training, why not download our free CV template or send your CV to one of our consultants, who can help you enhance your CV and pair you with your ideal role.