A curriculum vitae provides potential employers with a good view of who you are, what your skills are and therefore in which way the employer could make use of you. This is why it is important that your CV meets various unspoken requirements. Although there are different types of CVs, and you and your skills are unique, there are various elements all CVs have to contain. To help in that respect this page offers a handy checklist – does your CV contain all the necessary elements of a clear and professional CV?
CV checklist: the elements
Within the different variations of CV, there are a number of set elements you will see in every CV. These are divided over four fixed categories:
- Personal data
- Work experience
This part should include the following information:
- First name and surname
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
- E-mail address
- Academic title
- Marital status
- Driver’s license (in possession of?)
Under education you list your various completed studies. Begin with the most recent study programme. For each programme provide at least the following information:
- Dates, in years
- Name of the education institute
- Location of the education institute
- Name of degree or diploma obtained
Courses and workshops are also listed here, including any specific certificates obtained for such.
Under work experience you list all your experience to date in the workplace, including internships and odd jobs. Include the following information:
- Dates in years
- Name of the company
- Position in company
- Role description
The next section deals with your specific qualities and skills. This includes language skills or knowledge of certain software, for example. It is also possible to list your personal competencies here. This will help the recruiter gain better insight into your precise skill set.
CV checklist: content
In addition to the aforementioned elements, there are a few other points that need to be included on a CV checklist. Before you submit your CV check to make sure it includes the following:
- Did you provide your contact details?
- Is your CV no longer than two pages?
- Are there no chronological gaps in your work experience?
- Did you write clearly in plain English?
- Does your CV only contain facts?
- Did you avoid use of jargon?
- Does the CV really represent you?
- Are you telling the truth in your CV?
- Is the CV easy to read and are the various sections clearly formatted?
- Did you emphasise the high points in your career to date?