While the basic rules of a good CV remain constant, the world of work and business changes quickly.
This especially impacts on how managers and graduates can best show themselves to be outstanding candidates.
Read and use the basic CV rules, then take time and effort to define your own special qualities (for example see what successful progressive employers need) so that you offer strongly differentiated capabilities which promise special and relevant value to a potential employer. And your curriculum vitae must be tailored to what the reader is looking for.
CV writing tips introduction CV survey information and key points Basics of CV presentation and structure Specific CV structure options: - extent of personal details - contact/address details - CV heading Writing CVs when you have very little or no work experience Opportunities where a job role or vacancy is not fully defined Internships CVs style and presentation CV file formats for electronic submission or circulation CV template structure and examples CV cover letters and examples CVs and cover letters for unadvertised positions - a speculative proactive approach Examples of effective CV self-describing words and phrases: - personal profile and capabilities - experience Describing and presenting relevant achievements in your CV Explaining disabilities, difficulties, redundancies, etc., in CVs Presenting highly desirable attributes to progressive employers - give yourself a special advantage Keep your curriculum vitae simple. Having a good CV is essential for full-time jobs, part-time, internal, external, promotions, new jobs, career changes, internships and work experience placements - wherever an employer or decision-maker is short-listing or interviewing or selecting applicants. If a picture tells a thousand words, imagine what moving pictures can convey about you.
Short-listed and successful candidates are invariably the people who provide employers with the best CVs and best covering letters. The technology exists now for anyone to create a video CV, and to upload it onto a website - including this one. How you perform at the interview or group selection is of course crucial, but only the people with the best CVs and letters get to that stage.
These notes are therefore not restricted to text-based CVs. CV writing is a form of marketing or advertising, when the product is you.
This page gives you CV writing tips, techniques, examples, and help for career change and career training.
If you want a quick easy CV without the supporting advice and techniques for career training, go straight to the quick CV writing guide, CV phrases examples and CV template.
Here's a good free quick easy CV template (doc file - MSWord) or CV template (odt file - Open Office), and CV template guide PDF.
Here are the previous doc and pdf versions of these files, with text boxes: CV template doc file, and CV template guide PDF.
Text boxes can be tricky - if in doubt use the versions above.
If you are just using the CV template, see the notes about CV/Curriculum Vitae in the heading and personal details in a CV.