How To Write A Curriculum Vitae
To me, to get you an interview, a CV should be:
- A well-presented, selling document
- A source of interesting, relevant information
- A script for talking about yourself
And now, here are some of the rules I follow when I write a CV:
- Every job must have its own CV written from the ground up (no copy and paste that is)
- Write the things that are relevant to the bursary/internship/job in question (don't add small things from five years ago)
- At most it must be two to three pages
- Don't include subjects/course completed since I'll attach my academic record
- Make sure that my contact details are easy to find (top of the first page)
- I save all documents as PDF (keep your originals somewhere safe). If your copy of Microsoft Word does not support Save As PDF, please download this piece of software. I can give you a thousand reasons why this is important.
But, on its own, a CV can be limited on it says about you. So, I always write a cover letter as an extra document to clearly explain to the employer what it is that I can do for them.