Compressing the entire history of your professional and academic life into a CV can be a difficult task. With all of those positions, qualifications, and certifications to review, it can be easy to leave things out. So, before you send in your CV, be sure it contains the following vital information:
Contact information-The greatest CV in the world won’t do you any good if you neglect to let the employer know how to contact you. Make sure your CV contains an up-to-date mailing address, your phone number, and your e-mail address.
Skills and strengths-Your CV should highlight your natural strengths as well as any skills learned through training or experience. The items in both of these categories should be clearly applicable to the job for which you’re applying.
Employment history and training-In addition to a rundown of the relevant positions you’ve held, starting with your most recent job, your CV should contain information about training you’ve completed in your various jobs. If your work history shows gaps, find a way to show that you were still productive during that time.
References-You can get away with only saying “references available on request,” but you can also include one or two references with your CV, understanding that employers may ask for more during the application process. If you do put down references, make sure to include their contact information.
Interests and hobbies-On a CV, you have room to put any interests and hobbies that are relevant to a position and might catch an employer’s eye. Think creatively, but stick to things that will demonstrate your core competencies.
Achievements outside of work-If you have achievements from nonprofessional activities, like serving in a leadership position in a volunteer organization, make sure to include them on your CV as well.