Following on from last week’s article, you have now refined your introduction and gained the recruiter’s attention.
The next step is your personal information, keep this short and to the point –
a) Full name
b) Area where you currently live (does not have to be the full street address)
c) Date of birth (you no longer need to provide your ID number)
d) Contact number
e) Email address
g) Marital Status (this is optional)
h) Dependants (this is optional)
i) Drivers Licence
k) Computer skills can also be included here – unless you are involved in the IT industry, then you will need a separate heading
You can follow your personal section with interests and hobbies but please be aware that this should tie in to your employment. For instance, if you are applying for a job in tourism – you can include travelling, cooking, etc. Do not include reading variety magazines or watching TV, this creates a negative image so rather do not include this portion in your CV.
Then you add a very important section that highlights your skills and competencies. Keep it to 10 or 15 lines, use one or two word points to describe:
a) Work related or hard skills (software development; electrical; law; etc)
b) Soft skills (leadership; communication; honest; etc).
As an example –
Fault finding Wiring
Fire fighting First aid
Planning Computer literate
Adaptable Time management
Team player Multi-tasker
Now it’s time to look at your education. Start with the most recent courses and work your way back to Grade 12 and this should include:
a) The full name of the course / degree / diploma
b) The name of the training institute
c) The year in which you passed
d) Only include the subjects passed if they are relevant to the position or career you are involved in
e) If you have completed various courses, especially in-house, you can put these under one sub-heading.
For example –
QUALIFICATIONS & COURSES
Electrical Engineering N6 Certificate: ABC College (2011)
Senior Certificate Grade 12: ABC High School (2008)
Training Courses through In-house:
That wraps up the personal side of your CV – next up is employment history, references and job hopping.