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Get that job: CV tips

What goes into a CV?
Most CVs contain information about some or all of the following:

  • Personal details
  • Personal profile
  • Qualifications
  • Work experience
  • Key achievements
  • Key Skills
  • Leisure interests
  • Referees

Organising your CV
The order in which you put these sections really depends on what makes the best impression with the raw material you have. If your work experience is better than your qualifications, put it first. But don’t be tempted to oversell yourself - if you don’t match up at interview, you’ll not get the job. Try a couple of versions, make several drafts of your CV and ask friends, teachers and advisors to read it and give you feedback on how well it represents you.


Interactive CV: page 1 of 3

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Sample CV

Personal Details
There should be enough information on the first page to enable an employer contact you easily.
Name Andrew Doherty
Address 44 White Castle Road
Belfast
BT0 9TP
Telephone 02890 5479
Email a.doherty@isp.co.uk
Date of birth 23 March 1988

Personal Profile
Creating a personal profile is a good way of giving an employer a snap-shot of who you are and what you can offer. Keep it short and relevant to the job you’re applying for.
A reliable, motivated school leaver with office and computer experience. Punctual, keen and willing to learn. Strong organisational and administration skills.

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