There’s a lot of information that needs to go on your CV, and so it’s easy to forget really vital parts. Sometimes, that can be the difference between getting an interview and not getting one. Before you send out your CV, make sure you’ve included each of these things below.
1. Updated contact details.
How can an employer contact you if they don’t have your correct contact details? Sometimes people change their phone numbers, email addresses and home address quite frequently, and sometimes they forget to update them. You don’t have to put all of the information on there (although the more, the better), but make sure they’re current. As soon as you change a way of getting in contact with you, change it on your CV as well!
2. Current job.
This is another easy one to forget – you’re so focused on getting your CV out there to a new job, that you forget to update the one you’re currently in. Don’t write this one in as soon as you get into a job, as you’re unlikely to understand it so well. Leave to a couple of months into the job, and remember to update any job roles as they change.
3. Career goal.
It’s a good idea to put your career goal on your CV – it shows that you’re motivated and have a direction. It’s a good idea to add this bit either at the beginning or the end of your personal profile. Make sure the career goal corresponds to the job you’re applying for though, as if it doesn’t then that’s a sure-fire way of not getting the job.
4. Work experience and volunteering.
There’s a lot of emphasis on career experience on your CV, which makes some people think that unpaid work isn’t as valuable. If anything, it’s more valuable – to be able to show that you’re willing to work despite not getting paid is an impressive feature. If it’s not long since you left school or college then you can also include your work experience if you did it.
5. Training and qualifications.
Many companies offer training during your time with them, and these are just as important (if not more, in some cases) to put on your CV with your institution-related qualifications. Don’t forget any online qualifications you’ve done at home, even if they are free, as that shows a lot of commitment.
6. Relevant hobbies and interests.
People tend to go to either extreme with this one – they either don’t put any in as they think they are irrelevant, or they put hobbies that don’t look particularly positive. Any sort of hobby that shows you have positive skills or qualities should be added on to your CV, whether they’re a sport, creative hobby, a club or group or any other pastime that you enjoy.
7. Licences and cards.
Sometimes licences and cards go in the ‘Education, Qualifications and Training’ section, but these can also be included in ‘Key Skills’, ‘Areas of Expertise’ and ‘Additional Information’, depending on which one is most relevant. Things like holding a CSCS card, transferable DBS check or driving licence are really important, and must be included.
This is one to add into ‘Additional Information’ as it can really help to show employers how suitable you are for the role. There are lots of jobs out there that aren’t your traditional 9-5, so if you can work irregular hours, overtime or at short notice then write it down, and it immediately puts you in a better place than the people that can’t.