Writing a CV is a bit different, and often significantly more complex, that writing a resume. We’ve created a basic CV outline to help you navigate through the process of writing a curriculum vitae.
Curriculum vitae essentials
Your CV is designed to show employers the information they need to see to prove you’re the person they want for the job.
That means that your CV has to be very polished, well organized, and properly formatted to make it easy to read and find information. Depending on te position you are applying to CV can be very detailed, or opposite, quite short, silimar to resume. To write a great CV for the desired position, you need to check the employer requirements and slightly adjust advices listed below to your needs.
Basic CV layout and CV outline
Phone (business phone, home phone optional)
Your personal statement is a brief, well-written introduction to who you are, designed to promote interest. This is not a complete detailed profile; it’s more of an informative introduction.
Employment experience/work history
This is a list in reverse chronological order, starting with your current employer and working backwards:
List your employers’ names, locations, dates of employment, and websites if applicable.
List your roles, detailing your responsibilities, for each job. You may include your professional achievements in this section.
List your academic qualifications in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
List your grades and pass levels, including honors, etc.
CV layout, content and writing style
Writing a successful CV isn’t difficult – Provided you keep your information organized.
Also – Please remember that someone else has to read your CV.
Your curriculum vitae layout should be very easy to navigate:
The different sections of your CV need to contain only information relevant to those sections. This makes your CV easy to navigate for your readers.
Use bullet points to break up information. This makes your CV much easier to read.
A few basic tips at this point about your content, as its value is crucial for the quality of any CV:
Structured – Your content must be clearly written and it should be easy to understand any information your CV provides.
Factual – Include only accurate, verifiable information which you can support with facts.
Interesting – What interests a potential employer? Achievements, business values, and clear indicators of high performance.
Relevant – Focus on the information on your CV related to the job for which you’re applying. Focus on the required skill sets for that specific job and use that as the guide for editing your CV information.