CV Preparation

Step by Step Guide For a CV Preparation

Most companies, organisations, businesses governmental forces etc are requesting for to send them a CV for their job vacancies. This article is a quittance for creating a good CV that will help you take the required job that you are looking for. This article below it describes the standard CV layout that is the most commonly used by most organisations and businesses, however, other CV formats on specialised fields also exist. CV Preparation

Firstly thing that you need to think about why you are creating a CV. is it for a specific job opportunity or is it for a range of job applications within a particular field?

1) Get together all the relevant information concerning your self such as educational background, interests, previews employments and many other job related information. It’s always good to use information regarding the particular vacancy if exists. An advice from us is to have a look at the employer’s website, if exists in order to get a ‘feel’ for the company and be familiar with the company’s profile so you will better understand the type of persons that are more likely to employ.

2) Make sure that you will identify and clearly state in the CV your selling points. Selling points are facts or information ‘promoting’ your self that are good demonstrations of your skills and qualities that will make you a suitable applicant for this particular employer or job vacancy. It is always good to make a list of all your additional skills and experiences other that academic that are evidence of work or placements, evidence of your studies and what skills and experiences you gained throughout your studies and any other additional skills and hobbies that you have. At this starting point you should include everything, as much information about your self and you can refine it later on.

3) It is in your responsibility to decide upon a suitable layout for your CV. Guidelines for CV layout and content are specified here aiming to help you avoid some commonly made mistakes. However, there is a variety of available CV styles and layouts, and therefore it is up to you to decide which format and style is best suited for you.

4) Always double-check your CV for mistakes. This is very important as you are applying for a professional position, therefore you should pay particular attention to your grammar and spelling before sending your CV. Our advice is to get a friend to check it for you. Do not rely on your computers automatic spell checker as many times does unwanted automatic corrections. Make sure that you have been consistent with the font style that you have used. Finally your CV should be printed in a good quality paper and you should avoid folding and stapling it.

5) Remember to always send your CV with a covering letter about the company or organisation. The covering letter should deal with you and why you are applying for that particular job vacancy and in that company and also it should be an introduction for your CV.

Important information
Remember that your CV is a sales document for yourself. Make sure that your key selling points are obvious and prepare your CV according to the employer’s requirements.

Layout guidelines
1) Typically and recommended two A4 pages will do for Cypriot applications; however, in situations for a part time or a temporary work one page will also do.

2) Try to keep your CV layout as simple as possible and avoid the use of different fonts, underlining or boxes that will result in a messy appearance

3) The use bold, capitals and bigger font size fonts are only used to highlight and shape content and not for decoration purposes.

4) Try to avoid using CV templates as they can restrict your CV’s content and layout. As well, by using CV templates your CV is looking less original as the same temple may also been used by other applicants. 

5) It is not very thoughtful coping text from model CVs as the employer may have seen that particular CV before or the same piece of text may have been used by others as well.

6) It is always better to use reverse chronological order for each part; the latest qualifications for example to be first in order than the one that you gained 3 years ago.

Personal and contact details
1) At the top of the first page of your CV your name should be written in bold. 

2) Avoid using a very personal or humorous email addresses as it can be seen and be unprofessional.

General statement or profile and career objective
This is a small piece of text used at the beginning of a CV in order to add significant value. However, is not always needed.

Education
1) Your most recent education should go first, your educational qualifications should be written in a reverse order.

2) Always include the location and institution name and your award tile for example BA (Hons) History. Additional information such as dates- month and year- should also be listed. It is always good to include your final degree result if you already know it.

3) You do not need to list all the modules during your studies. You can only choose some of the most relevant according to the position that you are applying, with a reference to your dissertation it’s always good.

4) If you have much information, you can then summarise your GCSEs for example 6 GCSEs at C and above. However, qualifications should always be listed.

Employment, work experience
1) Exactly like in education, the most recent employment should go first; and also include dates, your job title, some of your responsibilities and what did you learned from your experience.

2) When you describing your previews job try to concentrate of issues that is directly relevant to the position that you are applying for. Non relevant jobs may not need to much detail; title and date will do

3) Draw attention to your key achievements and challenges.

4) More specific work experience that is directly relevant to the work that you are applying like Accountancy Work if you are applying for a trainee Charter Accountants.  

5) Voluntary work (if any) should go within employment section. 

Skills
1) in your CV, you should specified from where you gain particular and expert skills for example form your studies, interests employment or other experiences that you faced.

2) You should not make your examples to sound too general and routine. If you feel that you are really good at something, you have an additional skill you should clearly state it. 

3) Use some action words in your CV; words such as managed, co-ordinated, organised, initiated, and persuaded are usually impressive.

Additional information such as hobbies and interests
These are not essential for a CV but they are some additional information about yourself and the picture that you are trying to create.

Referees
Usually you need two referees with your CV. If you have a previous work experience your referees should be from your previous working environment maybe a collie, your manager or your boss will be good. However, if you do not have such experience a reference letter from two of your University tutors will also do.