Your CV (short for Curriculum Vitae – Latin for “the course of my life”) is a written overview of your experience and qualifications and it speaks to the employer when you’re not there to do it yourself, so make sure it speaks clearly.
1. Never lie. Don’t even exaggerate. The truth always comes out and when it does you’ll lose credibility. This does not mean that you need to include every detail of your life – you will always focus on the good and positive elements – just don’t get carried away!
2. Use proper English, not the abbreviations you use on SMS and Whatsapp with your friends. Don’t use slang. Check your spelling, especially the spelling of names of companies and ex-bosses. Have someone else read and check yourCV and make sure that it flows easily and makes sense.
3. Keep it short and to the point. Spend more time on checking the quality of your language and making your CV look good than on telling long stories.
4. Keep it clean.Don’t give out grubby or torn pages.
5. Don’t be put off by the fact that you have no work experience. Mention any leadership or volunteer roles you’ve had, e.g., with the church, a sports club or community organisation. Even if your leadership role has been looking after younger children in your family or captaining an informal sports team,mention it.
6. Order your information clearly and logically as follows: