Building Your CV

  1. Write a resume
  2. Even if the job you want doesn’t require the submission of a traditional resume, having an up-to-date resume is highly recommended. Resumes not only outline your education and work history, but they can also point to specific projects you’ve worked on or awards you have won. Information to include on your resume should entail:

    • Your current contact information including:
      • Your full name
      • Phone number
      • Mailing address
      • Email address
    • Your educational background:
      • List the colleges you have attended (beginning with your most recent)
      • The year you attended
      • Any degrees or certificates earned
      • You may opt to include your course of study.
    • Your work history for the past few years:
      • The unofficial rule is one resume page per ten years of experience. Be aware that large gaps in employment, or multiple jobs within a short amount of time, will be something you may be asked about in an interview. Be sure to include dates of employment, the company name, your designation and a brief description of your activities.
    • Your relevant skills. This is your opportunity to list all the skills you have acquired through the years:
      • Knowledge of office equipment
      • Familiarity with computer operating systems
      • Software programs (such as Microsoft Office Suite or Adobe Creative Suite)
      • Typing speed
      • Database experience
      • Other relevant information should be included in your resume
  3. Start with the basics
  4. Ask yourself questions that will shape your job hunting
    • What am I good at?
    • What do I really enjoy doing?
    Whilst these questions sound very basic and theoretical, they are the fundamentals of the next step.

  5. Define your skills
  6. Be clear on your “value proposition” – why an employer would want to recruit you – before you create your CV, ask yourself:
    • What are my core skills (i.e. managing teams, being creative, delivery…etc.)?
    • How have I utilized these skills in the past?
    • How transferable are these core skills?
    • What skills can I bring to a future employer, which will add value to their business?
  7. Structure your CV
  8. A CV is not merely a chronological list of employment
    • Your curriculum vitae is not an autobiography
    • Make a CV relevant for the application. Have an adaptable CV to amplify your appropriate core skills to the role
    • Build your CV using your career history whilst highlighting core skills
    • Your CV is a ‘value proposal’ to demonstrate how you can add value to the employer
    • Seek out advice on your CV and be prepared to take critique (don’t be protective) – your CV is a ‘means to an end’
    • Never add anything in a CV that you are not prepared to demonstrate or elaborate on
    • Stick to the facts – not opinions
    • Include testimonials on your CV. This is particularly relevant in candidates, such as described earlier, who have come from a management environment where delivery was key
  9. Focus on the positives
  10. Approach each opportunity as though it were your first

    It is easy to become caught up in the ‘negative spiral’ of a job seeker, especially the longer the search goes on to secure your ideal role. This will not enhance your chances of obtaining your next role. Stay focused on your abilities:

    • What have been your major career accomplishments?
    • What were the ultimate ‘outcomes’
    • How did you achieve these accomplishments?
    • Is the core activity replicable?
    • What challenges did you overcome along the way?
    • Which of your core skills were utilized?
    Don’t forget to obtain testimonials / references to validate these achievements.

  11. Listen to others
  12. Very importantly – when job hunting be prepared to take advice, don’t be defensive, remain positive and make yourself available for opportunities by being proactive


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