How to: create an impressive CV

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There’s no doubt about how important a CV is – it can speak volumes. Your CV will speak on your behalf and make a first impression about you before you even physically meet a potential employer, so it’s important to make sure its saying the right things about you.

We all know that  work experience will always be of key value to any potential employer, but nowadays employers are also equally interested in taking on well-rounded individuals. The key is to diversify your CV! That’s why below, we’ve listed some tips on what you should include  on your CV, to make sure your potential employer knows what you can bring to the organisation…

Work- based history 

The basic requirements of any CV is to list your work history and experience. This in turn, helps employers to match your experience and history to the job vacancy. Outside of your full-time and part time employment history you can also add:

Voluntary work

Voluntary work is a great way to show your employer that you’re a well-rounded candidate – it’s even more useful if you’ve volunteered for something that you could easily tie in with the job that you’re applying for. Volunteering work can include helping out within the community or an unpaid- internship you’ve undertaken. The key is to use this section of your CV to highlight the important leanings you took away from your time volunteering. Volunteering can show that you’re a proactive person, keen to look for new opportunities!

Training courses

Professional qualifications and training are important to showcase to potential employers as they make it easy for the employer to see if you’re the right candidate for the role. Not everybody has qualifications, so if you do make sure to list them as they can show an employer that you’re determined and dedicated to career development.

Academic achievements

Here, you can list your academic achievements. It’s important to keep this section brief so that it's easily readable. You can add the grades awarded to show your employer your commitment to success. As well as your work employment, employers are also interested in knowing your educational background.

Personal- based history 

It’s important to let your personality shine through your CV. So as well as work-related achievements, you can also include some of the below:

Extracurricular activities

This section may be more useful if you’re a student or grad, or still in the early days of your career. Showing that you've been involved with clubs, societies and other activities outside of uni/college is something employers will look out for and a great way to boost your CV!

Employers often have the difficult task of choosing between candidates whose profiles often look alike in terms of education and experience. Showcasing some extra-curricular activities here can help you stand out!

Mentoring

If you have more career experience, you may have had the opportunity to mentor someone else. Mentorships show that you're able to have a career that involves managing others. It's a quality that can set you apart and shows you have unique experience others may not have.

It may also be worth highlighting if you’ve been mentored by someone influential within the industry as this could also set you apart from others.

Hobbies and activities

This can help the employer get to know you a little better. You can briefly discuss any hobbies and personal interests you have outside of work. Just make sure that they are positively adding to the ‘picture’ of you that you want to portray.

Good luck!

The search for a job can be a tough and gruelling one, but we’re here to help! Take a look at our other guides and articles that you may find useful here.