A basic breakdown of a C.V. Format is as follows:
- Name and contact details: Self explanatory.
- Profile: This roughly 30 word paragraph gives the employer a quick overview of who you are, and your most desirable traits.
- Key Skills: What are your strongest qualities that are relevant to the job at hand? Use 'active' words here (developed, supervised, selected, designed, advised etc.)
- Experience: Your past work experience, and why it is relevant to here.
- Qualifications/Training: Your education and other important accolades gained over the years. Often merged together into one category.
- Interests (optional): Just a little about what you like doing. Often gives an idea of personality.
We then went off and did individual practice on our own C.Vs, be they on paper or on laptops. As we wrote, Elhum came around, would review them, and also offer additional advice. Some of her tips included:
- A very clear font, preferably Arial. Times New Roman is too small and cumbersome.
- Make it no longer than two pages. Being concise and tight is key here.
- Be very picky, and only put what is absolutely essential.
- Show passion and a positive mindset in your writing. This can also be very helpful with selling.
- Research the employer to know exactly what they want.
So I went ahead and did two drafts by hand, and found myself unable to condense to the absolute essentials. Still, I've been out of practice for some time now, so I suppose it would happen. Still, Elhum has promised we will do more work in coming weeks, so I''m not too phased, and it's always good to sharpen and revise one's skills in this area.