Structure your CV in an order that is applicable to the role you are applying for, if possible. Be sure to highlight your experience, education, certifications, achievements, and any special skills or program knowledge, starting with your most recent experience. You will want to prioritize experience that is relevant to the position, especially any designation or progress towards one. Also think of any transferrable skills and accomplishments you’d want to highlight.
A good rule of thumb is to keep your CV length at two pages or less. When listing previous employment, for example, include the employer, dates worked, title, and a short description on your main duties there. Also use a professional font and size that’s easy to read.
Use figures and numbers to demonstrate your competencies and major achievements. If you have recently graduated, for example, include your grade point average. Saying you have done something is one thing, backing it up with tangible results is another.
A summary or professional profile can be useful, but only if you have a specific goal in mind or can personalize it to the position. If your summary is too broad and without specific references, it can detract from your CV.
Make sure to give at least two ways for recruiters to contact you. Typically, your email address and phone number with country code will suffice. While your full address isn’t necessary, a general location is useful in letting employers know where you are.
Posting your CV online is a great way to get your profile noticed by more employers. You can also include a link to your LinkedIn profile, but be sure to keep it updated!
Always check your spelling and grammar before finalizing and sending to any prospective employer. If possible, have a friend or family member review your CV to ensure nothing was overlooked.