Previously published in the online ‘Brite Future’ magazine: June 2016.
CV writing takes a long time, but thankfully most of the sections are fairly straight forward. The ‘Additional Information’ section is a bit different though, as sometimes it can be hard to know what to put in it. Here are some things that you might like to include in this section (but only if they are relevant!).
What is your availability?
Flexible people will certainly be favoured by potential employers.
Most job descriptions offer at least a vague understanding of when you will be required to work, but your availability can have quite a big impact on whether you get the job or not. Flexible people will certainly be favoured by potential employers, and this flexibility can sometimes set you ahead of the other candidates.
You don’t need to go into too much detail – just add whatever applies to you from this list:
Full-time; part-time; weekends; shift-work; unsociable hours; overtime; at short notice; relocate.
Hobbies and Interests:
Hobbies and interests are a great thing to include on your CV, as they show what you’re like outside of work as well as in. Be careful with these though – only include hobbies that show a positive skill or talent of yours. While ‘Attends Sea Cadets’ is really positive, ‘Reading books’ isn’t as it doesn’t demonstrate something that the employer would be impressed by.
If you’re not sure that a hobby or interest is positive then your best bet is to leave it out. And don’t worry if you don’t have any to include – these are optional!
Do you speak the lingo?
It’s still a good idea to include it as it looks impressive to the employer.
If you’re going for a translating job or a post that will need to utilise a foreign language then this is a skill that you want to include at the top of your CV. If not, then it’s still a good idea to include it as it looks impressive to the employer. Remember to mention how good you are at speaking it (fluent, intermediate, conversational), and don’t include English if it’s your first language!