CV - Tips

Below are in general the most often asked questions while writing the CV; so here we present few important tips to help you write a better CV to grab the attention of the recruiter

How long should a CV be? - Ideally be no longer than two sides of A4

What should be included in the CV? -

  • Contact Details - include full name, address, mobile phone number and email address;
  • Education - list and date all previous education, placing the most recent highest up the page. Include any professional qualifications;
  • Skills - for example, the ability to work in a team, manage people, customer service skills, or specific IT skills;
  • Work Experience - this can be internships, voluntary roles or previous jobs. Add the most recent/relevant positions and job role involved;
  • Referees - two people who can provide positive comments on your previous employment or experiences.

What should be excluded in the CV? -

  • Photograph - include full name, address, mobile phone number and email address;
  • Date of birth or place of birth - list and date all previous education, placing the most recent highest up the page. Include any professional qualifications;

Do write a cover letter -

  • You should always include a cover letter unless the employer states otherwise. It will enable you to personalize your application to the job.
  • You can draw attention to a particular part of your CV, disclose a disability or clarify gaps in your work history, if any

What are the consequences of writing false impressions in CV? -

  • Never lie on your CV or job application. Not only will you demonstrate your dishonesty to a potential employer, but there can be serious consequences too, which can result into prison and sentencing.
  • CV dos and don'ts :

    • Use bullet points. A CV should be a quick snapshot of your history of work and education. Keep it concise.
    • Put the most important information first. You'll want to list your work and education experience in chronological order. Make your pth from student to dentist very clear and intentional by organizing your CV in the way you want it read. But for sections such as skills or organizations you're active in, list the most important ones first.
    • Remove older work experiences, like the summer job you held when you were 17. Unless it has to do with dentistry, leave it out.
    • Use white space to break up heavy areas of text to make it easier to read and more visually pleasing.
    • Use easy-to-read fonts (like the one in the sample, Calibri).
    • Use numbers to back up your achievements. If you were fundraising chair, total the amount raised while you held the position. This puts your achievement into perspective.
    • No hobbies. Unless you are 100 percent sure that a hobby will support your candidacy, leave it off. Hobbies may come up in an interview, but don't waste precious page space in your CV talking about your kickball team.
    • No jargon or slang.
    • Keep your CV to 2-3 pages.
    • Never lie on your resume. Be sure to double-check your facts and dates.

    Don't forget to include...

    • Any shadowing experience you've done while in school.
    • Awards and recognition (during school, college or in past professional life).
    • Speaking and presentation experience.
    • Outreach trips and volunteer work.