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Create a winning CV

Your CV is your personal sales brochure.  Its goal is to convince the employer that you are the right candidate for the job.  Your CV is the first point of contact with the employer and as such must make a good first impression.

Be aware that the employer may get hundreds of applications, and on average the reader spends10 seconds looking over a CV before making a decision to read on or discard it.  As such, your CV must be clear, well organised and hold the reader’s attention.  As a rule, your CV should be no longer than 2 - 3 pages. 


Tailor your CV »

Rather than being a generalised account of your career, your CV should be targeted specifically to the organisation and position you are applying for, matching your best talents and qualifications with the job requirements.  All jobs are different, and so are all employers. It's important that your CV speaks directly to the job, addresses the position criteria, and is relevant to the position.


Sections »

Contact Information

Always begin your CV by providing your contact information:

  • Name
  • Surname
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Phone numbers (if applying for an overseas job, remember to include your international dialing code.)

 
Career Objective

Your Career Objective is a short, concise statement that gives the reader an overview of your professional strengths and the direction you wish to take in your career. 

Examples:

'To apply my ten years of experience in business development, and a master's degree in sports management, to a role in sports development in the public sector.'

‘To lead the marketing and sponsorship strategy of a major international sports governing body.’ 

As an alternative, you may wish to write a few lines as a personal profile.  No more than 5 sentences, this statement should gives a brief synopsis of your career.


Skills Summary

The skills summary provides an overview of your most valuable professional skills you will bring to the position.  You should only include keywords in his section, do not go into lengthy descriptions. 


Education

Include your professional education, qualifications and awards, in order of highest level of qualification attained.  

Suggested layout:

Name of Institution                          
Year Started – Year Completed                      
Name of course                                                 


Employment History

List, in reverse chronological order (most recent first), your professional employment history. Each job should include this basic information:

  • Title of position
  • Name of organisation
  • Length you held the post
  • Responsibilities
  • Achievements

Don’t just list job tasks.  Use your CV to demonstrate how your skills and experience can translate into real benefits. 


Activities and Interests

List your main activities or interests (maximum of 3 or 4), including any associations, clubs or volunteer work you have been invovled with.


Other Information

You may wish to add a section for ‘Other Information’ to include things such as other languages spoken, non-professional courses completed/ qualifications gained, computer skills/ level of competency, etc. 


References

Provide the name and contact details of three references or mention that references will be provided if required.


Final words of advice »

  • Keep it simple. No photos, fancy paper or folders
  • No more than 3 pages in total
  • Your CV must be an accurate and correct reflection of your experience and skills
  • Use bullet points when summarising your key responsibilities
  • Effective use of formatting and layout is critical - use appropriate paragraph spacing and font formatting