So what is a CV anyway?
Why do I need one?
Well, these are good questions. Why does anyone need a CV when the world is alive with Facebook and Twitter, after all aren’t all the jobs online anway?
CV stands for curriculum vitae (Latin for “course of life”), a summary of academic and professional history and achievements.
All employers generally want to see a persons CV, this is so they can,vet, and value.
Vet – this is where the employer wants to find out who you are and what skills you have. Your CV will provide factual information about your work related skills and experience. Try not to ramble, as no one wants to read a novel or what you did on a Tuesday afternoon, sixteen years ago. However you need to carefully present your information in a manner to create interest and value; so the employer can choose your application over others they receive.
Value – You of course want to make sure that when your CV has been selected, that it represents you well and helps win the salary you are looking for. Your CV must be seen as a sales tool. If you have trouble, consider using CV templates, CV guidance or a CV writer. Above all, if you writing skills are poor, you are applying for a make or break job, use a professional.
It is important to write your document carefully and to not be in rush, if possible, and highly recommended; write your CV before you need it, then you will ample time to review the document. There is nothing worse then some-one requesting your C.V. and not being able to present your document but making them wait for it.