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CVs/Resumes and application forms

CVs or resumes and application forms give employers written evidence of your qualifications and skills. The goal of these documents is to prove as clearly and directly as possible how your qualifications match the job’s require­ments. Do this by highlighting the experience, accomplishments, education, and skills that most closely fit the job you want. CVs/Resumes and application forms are used to gather information about you and therefore should be an accurate representation of yourself. CVs/Resumes and application forms both include the same information and has the same purpose in gathering information about you.

As a first step in writing a CV/Resume or completing an application form, gather the follow­ing facts:


Contact information, including your name, mailing ad­dress, e-mail address (if you have one you check often), and telephone number and mobile number (if you have one).


Type of work or specific job you are seeking or a qualifica­tions summary, which describes your best skills and experi­ence in just a few lines.


Education, including school name and its city, county or state, months and years of attendance, highest grade completed or diploma or degree awarded, and major subject or subjects studied. Also consider listing courses and awards that might be relevant to the position. Include a grade point average if you think it would help in getting the job.


Work experience, paid and volunteer. For each job, include the job title, name and location of employer, dates of employ­ment. Briefly describe your job duties and major accom­plishments. In a resume, use phrases instead of sentences to describe your work; write, for example, “Supervised 10 children” instead of writing “I supervised 10 children.”


Special skills. You might list computer skills, proficiency in foreign languages, achievements, or membership in organisations in a separate section.


References. Be ready to provide references if requested. Good references could be former employers, co-workers, or teachers or anyone else who can describe your abilities and job-related traits. You will be asked to provide contact details so make sure you give good references preferably from employers who can give you a sound reference. Try to avoid family members or close relatives as you reference may be deemed to be a biased account in favour of you if you do use them. The best references are the ones that are professional from someone who works within a public or private profession.

Throughout the CV/resume, focus on accomplish­ments that relate most closely to the job you want. You can even use the job announcement as a guide, using some of the same words and phrases to describe your work and education. Look for concrete examples that show your skills. When describing your work experience, for instance, you might say that you increased sales by 10 percent, finished a task in half the usual time, or received three letters of appreciation from customers.

CV Writing