The only way to get noticed by employers and subsequently land a job interview is by having a strong Curriculum Vitale (CV).

However, at times, it can be difficult to know what and what not to include in a CV.

Here are six essential information you need to include in your CV to make it stand out;

Name and contact details

Always put your contact details at the very top of your CV (in big bold text). The contacts should include your name, your email address, your telephone number and your location, or area you are looking to work.

An intro/personal statement

Your job application will most likely get to a busy hiring manager who will be looking at hundreds of other CVs, so you need to impress instantly. In order to grab their attention and ensure that they read your CV in full, you must hook them with a punchy introductory paragraph at the top – known as a CV profile or personal statement.

You need to sell yourself in your profile – you only have a few seconds to get your message across.

In your personal statement, be sure to include, education and qualifications, industries you’ve worked in, high-level skills and problems you solve for your employers.

Core skills

This section should be just under your profile highlighting your most important skills and knowledge for the roles you are applying for. This creates a very quick snapshot of your abilities – so that readers can get a great idea of your talents from just a quick glance.

Work experience

In most cases, you should list your work history in reverse chronological order – starting with your most recent role and moving down the page as far back as necessary. Recruiters will be most interested in your most recent roles, so include plenty of detail in them – they are often the best way to prove your current capabilities too.

Hobbies and interests

Interests are a totally optional section, and usually, don’t have much impact on hiring decisions. However, there are some instances where your hobbies might help you get hired. If you have no work experience at all, you might want to include some of your hobbies to demonstrate workplace skills. For example, you might captain a sports team which shows leadership, people skills and motivation. If you have a hobby that is highly related to the roles you are applying for, then it could certainly be worth mentioning it. For example, if you are applying for a web developer role, and you make personal websites in your spare time, this could really impress a hiring manager.


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