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DkIT CV Quick Tips Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

What makes a CV stand out in a crowd?

It is targeted - to the specific vacancy, role or sector you are applying for
It is clear and easy to read: logically ordered, a sensible font, and not cramped
It is inform­ative but concise
It is accurate - in content, spelling and grammar
It is short - usually no need for more than 2 A4 pages
It is positive - shows confidence and highlights your strengths

What sections should I include?

Personal Details: (doesn’t need a heading saying “CV”, it’s obvious what it is!) Name, Full Address and Phone Number, e-mail address, LinkedIn URL, Visa Status (if applic­able), Driving License
Personal Profile: This should be a brief descri­ption of you. It should include who you are, the main skills­/ex­per­iences you bring, what you want to do etc. – this is a great opport­unity to really sell your skills! Talk about awards, schola­rships if relevant to make your stand out.
Key Skills or Technical skills: Your most relevant skills and abilities for the position you are applying for. Where possible don’t just list it, explain how good you are, justify it. If your degree is technical in nature use this section to outline your
Education List your degree (full title); Expected grade or grade; Key modules and key projects. If you don’t have relevant work experience this can be a great way of demons­trating compet­encies.
Relevant Experience | Work Experience | Voluntary Experience These can be three totally difference sections within your CV but all give you the opport­unity to demons­trate key skills and compet­encies for the role. Keep sentences short and precise. Use Bullet points as they look effective
Profes­sional member­ships List membership of any profes­sional associ­ations, any groups you’re involved in
Awards and Achiev­ements, Positions of Respon­sib­ility and Achiev­ements List any relevant awards and achiev­ements. Perhaps you have a position of authority with a society or local committee.
Interests and Hobbies Only mention if they are current, they show you have an active interest in many things, and may make a point of discussion at the interview, or if they’re relevant to the job you’re applying for. Don’t make the mistake of just listing things like “Keeping fit, reading and Social­ising” it’s just a waste of space. Make it relevant or lose it!
References Have at least two referees who would be prepared to give you a reference if required, ideally in a profes­sional capacity Make sure they know they are listed as a reference and they are aware of the positi­on(s) that you are applying for


Include salary inform­ation and expect­ations. Include inform­ation which may be viewed negatively – failed exams, failed business ventures, reasons for leaving a job, points on your driving license. Don’t lie, but just don’t include this kind of inform­ation. Don’t give the interv­iewer any reason to discard you at this stage.
Use jargon, acronyms, technical terms - unless essential.
Lie - employers have ways of checking what you put is true
Include a photo unless requested.