HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF IN A CV
Six Steps to a Successful CV
Your application is your personal introduction. Your CV is how we get to know you better. In this section, we'll tell you what we want to know about you, and how best to present that information.
1. What Should Go In
We want to know your full name and how to contact you for interview - and later, where to send you a formal job offer if we wish. So give us your phone number, email, fax number if you have one, and, of course, your address. Include your LinkedIn profile if you have one.
Apart from this, we're interested in your academic achievements, skill set, work experience and something of what you're like as a person - so tell us a bit about your interests, hobbies and personal achievements.
We're also interested in whether you have studied or worked overseas, and whether you are willing to travel or relocate abroad at short notice.
2. What Should Stay Out
We're not interested in your religion, marital status, club memberships (though professional associations are a different matter) or political affiliations. Neither are we keen to hear about your primary education, the number of siblings you have or the prizes you won in junior school. As far as possible, stick to what is relevant and make the most of it.
3. Keep It Short, Concise & Clean
Whether you submit your CV electronically or as hard copy, keep it down to the equivalent of two A4 pages (that's pages, not sheets). Just give us the facts and spare the waffle. Go for a clean layout with short paragraphs; no walls of text, weird fonts, candy colours or anything else that makes the document hard to read. If you're sending hard copy, don't fold your CV; use a large A4 envelope instead.
4. Make It Relevant to the Job
Don't just send us a standard CV; it will probably end up in the bin. Instead, focus your CV on information relevant to the particular position, professional discipline or department you're aiming to work in. Include information on your job history, experience, professional qualifications and education that applies to the job you want.
5. Tell Us What You Can Do
Include a short section describing any skills you have that might come in useful in communications and presentation; teamwork, problem-solving, foreign languages. Always include examples of the achievements and activities in which you displayed these skills.
6. Include Some References
Make sure to include a couple of referees we can consult about you. Examples of suitable referees include former employers and teachers, reputable figures in the IT, capital-markets, banking, telecommunications or other industries, and respected academic or professional figures. Examples of referees who are not suitable include members of your family or anyone who lacks direct, reasonably long-term knowledge of your background and abilities.