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What Are The Sections You Definitely Need to Include on Your CV?

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If you’ve not had much experience in writing one, CVs can be awkward things. Especially when it comes to judging how much information you should include. If you are in a hurry, it can be tempting to try to throw a CV together with the minimum amount of information – hoping it will still be enough for an employer to give you a call. We do not recommend the rushed approach at all – if you’ve rushed through making a CV don’t you think a prospective employer will notice? Do you think your CV will look better than the person who spent some quality time perfecting theirs? The answer to these questions should convince you it’s worth at least spending some considered time on your CV. However it doesn’t have to take an age to create a job winning CV, especially if you use our specifically designed tool. If you really want to keep your CV writing down to a minimum but still have a worthy CV, then you’ll need to know the sections that you absolutely must include. These are the sections that every employer will want to see and you definitely need them on your finished CV:

Name, Address and Contact Details

Ok, this is a pretty obvious one. It’s imperative you have the correct contact details and personal information on your CV – if you don’t, how will employer contact you to invite an interview? So input your name, telephone number(s), address and email address somewhere prominent – it’s usually best at the top of the page. Remember to include a phone number that you can be contacted on most times throughout the day, as you don’t want to miss that important phone call telling you to pop in for an interview. Also think about your email address – is it appropriate to be putting on a professional document? If it’s something like “bobbyrulesinnit@gmail.com” it will probably be best if you set a new one up that’s more formal. This acts as a kind of spam filter, as your new address won’t be attached to any of your social or shopping site accounts and you’ll therefore know any emails will be related to your job search. Just remember to check it regularly!

Personal Statement

Also referred to as the Personal Profile – this section is a brief paragraph about you as a person and your work ethic and character. You may think that this section is just a waffley piece of text designed to fill out a CV but you’d be wrong. This section is one an employer looks out for with a view to judging how you would fit within their organisation. It’s one of the possible sections on your CV where you can express yourself a little and give your prospective employer a chance to learn a bit about you. Use this section to talk about your characteristics in the workplace and how your skills, experience and traits can be very useful to the specific role for which you are applying for. This will really go a long way to help convince the employer that you have what it takes to make a difference to their company.

Education History

An essential part of any successful CV. Your education qualifications are an absolute must inclusion. In this part of your CV include all of your school, college and university grades (whatever is applicable to you), even if you think they may not be relevant. These qualifications show that you have a proven track record in completing learning courses successfully. Additionally if you do not have much work experience, your education section will be vital in showing off your skills.

Work History

Don’t fret if you do not have any work experience at all – everyone has no work history before they get their first job! If you are in this position then you should of course omit this section. However, if you’ve had any work experience at all you should certainly include a section on it within your CV. A work history entry can consist of full time, part time or voluntary work positions that you have completed – even work experience placements you were involved in while studying can really look great on your CV. Employers love to see where you have worked and what you bought to each role as it gives them an opportunity to see how that experience could be put to great use within their organisations.

References

A prospective employer loves to see references on a CV. It shows that you have real people that will vouch for your credentials as a great employee and person. This demonstrates that you have confidence in your own ability and the impression you have made on others, which in turn, gives the employer more of an inclination to invite you to an interview. Have you worked with anyone that can vouch for your credentials? Do you know anyone who works in a professional environment that can provide a character reference for you – perhaps a family friend? If so, get them down on your CV – they could be the difference on your journey through to a successful job application. If you’d rather not have your referees contacted (by a prospective employer) without fair warning then you can simply put ‘References available on request’ in this section. If you’ve created your CV using the Jobulo application then this is easily achieved by clicking the appropriate tick box, will then do the writing for you! It’s understandable that in some situations your referees will need a little notice to be available to provide your reference – employers are familiar with this. Just listing that you can provide references if an employer wishes to see them is a very comforting sign for those viewing your CV.

Although we believe your chances of being invited to interview will improve if you spend a bit more time fleshing out your CV with a extra sections (such as Skills, Industry Qualifications, Hobbies plus anything else relevant to you,) the sections listed above can be classed as a minimum requirement for a CV. These are the main areas in an employer’s mind when looking for a new employee and they are absolute musts for your CV document.