A CV is a written overview of your skills, education, and work experience.
What is a CV?
- CV stands for "Curriculum Vitae"
- Curriculum vitae is Latin for "course of life"
- A CV is a formatted version of one's master experience document
What to Include in a CV
A CV should at least include the following:
- Contact information
- Work experience
- Qualifications and skills
- Academic history
- Personal profile
Contact information should include your full name, personal email address, telephone number, and LinkedIn profile. I will suggest you put this information at the top of your CV and make it look like a letterhead:
List what you have done - most recent work experience first.
Include the organization where you worked, the job title, the dates you were employed and a description of your work experience and achievements:
March 2015 -
March 2014 - January 2015
February 2010 - February 2014
August 2000 - January 2010
Make sure your work experience is on the first page of your CV.
Qualifications and Skills
Skills are best described with a list.
List only the most relevant skills on your CV. List both hard and soft skills.
Hard skills are specific technical knowledge or training that you have gained. Here are some examples:
- Database management
- Network security
- SEO marketing
- Mobile development
- UI/UX design
Soft skills are personality traits that shape how you work, on your own and with others. Here are some examples:
- Effective communication
- Active listening
- Critical thinking
List what you have studied - most recent education first.
1997 - 2000
Courses & Diplomas
Don't forget subject options, special project, courses, or diplomas.
This section should include:
- Who you are
- 2-3 skills (and 2-3 achievements)
- The name of your target company
- What you hope to do for your new employer