A Curriculum Vitae is essential to getting a job. It is what employers or Human Resource departments peruse in order to decide whether to invite you for a job inteview or not. In some cases, a well prepared C.V. will give you the job straightaway without any need for an interview. However, none of these will happen to you if your CV lacks these five key elements. When these elements are reflected in your CV, it will ensure that you are different from the others.
An interesting and enthralling Summary
Start your CV with a summary that will immediately catch the attention of the reader to the point that he or she will be unable to drop it. It must be KISS-Keep It Short and Simple and should be focused on what you have to offer the organization.
What can you do for the organization? This is where you elaborate and expatiate on your talent, abilities, and capabilities. You can also list your skills and knowledge here.
Your relevant experiences are actually what will get you the job. The mistake that some people make here is that they pay too much attention to the job descriptions. Hence, they tailor all their experiences towards this. This is not advisable. What you should do is to pen all the experiences, impact and contributions you made at your former jobs. You should include the name of the companies, job title and years spent there. Again, it must be relevant experiences.
For every job, you need a certain level of qualification. There are some jobs that you may be overqualified or doesn’t fit your educational level. You do not need to apply for such jobs. Beyond this, include the names of institutions you attended, certificate bagged and other professional courses you have done as well. You should always begin with the current or highest qualifications.
A list of strong references is a reliable way to show your qualifications for a position especially when it is relevant to the job. Importantly, read the job requirements to know if you need to include references or not. If it is not required, do not bother to include it. This is why you should have different versions of CVs.