Developing your CV

Even if you are not looking for working right now, having a good CV under your belt is imperative for any discipline.  It’s like your sword that you would draw out at a moments notice.  So don’t dismiss this section, have a read and think about what kind of CV you have and is it really the type of CV you want to reflect you.

Your CV is a way of telling your story.  “This is what I have done, what I have achieved and what I can do, given the opportunity or how I make opportunities for myself.”

A CV is not just a piece of paper anymore, there are numerous ways of developing a CV which will stand out from the crowd.

A traditional CV should be no more than 2 pages saved as a word document or as a PDF.  (You can select this format when you press the Save As>PDF)

Curriculum Vitae’s should always have the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Contact Telephone Numbers
  4. email
  5. All social media accounts you wish the employer to view (LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ etc).
  6. Any links to blogs or your online portfolio.
  7. Any links to published papers/articles or contributions.

Then, if you someone who has a good level of work experience, have this next on the list, with your most recent post first.  List the types of tasks you had to perform.  About 5 points for each of your last 2/3 posts.

If you have just graduated, your education is your asset here to begin with that and describe what you got from your course and perhaps links to projects you made have done that you would like to show off.

Achievements is always good to show, for example if you had experience with Photoshop, MS Office etc.

This is my traditional CV CV_MaeveAhernONeill2015.

Depending on your profession you may want to look at how you wish to protray your CV.  Would you like to develop your CV as an infographic? This can be tricky if you are not that experienced with Photoshop but there are a number of open source websites that can help you.

vizualize.me

kinzaa.com (can take your information from LinkedIn, but it is free up to a point)

visual.ly

There are many more that I could list, so do a google search and play around with some of them.

Here are some amazing examples of infographic CV’s.

infoCV3      infoCV1      infoCV2

Have a look at the forum here and describe (and maybe add links) what you think are good examples of CV’s.

Finally take a look at this piece from The Guardian Newspaper about developing your CV.

 

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