The Perfect CV

Your personal information:

• First name  
• Surname  
• Contact details
• Telephone number, mobile number, email address
• Date of Birth  
• Gender  
• Nationality  
• Language & level
Which languages do you speak, read and/or write and the level of proficiency, such as: Native speaker, Fluent, Intermediate, Basic, Beginner

The following information for EACH position held, starting with most recent:

• Job Title
  Such as Secretary, Managing Director, Consultant, Accountant, etc.
• Company Name  
• City & Country  
• Short description of the company  
• Dates of employment
   In the format:September 2008 - April 2009
• Duties
  List your duties and responsibilities in short sentences with bullet points. 
  This format is easy for a prospective employer to read to quickly ascertain what your key duties were.  
  Prospective employers sometimes need to sift through many CVs to find the perfect candidate - make it easy for them. 
  Include approximately 4 - 7 duties, not too few and not too many.

The following information for EACH qualification, diploma, certificate, course, or membership of professional associations, starting with the most recent:

• Qualification
   Such as BA degree, MBA degree, LCCI, B.Sc. in Engineering, School Leaving Certificate, etc.
• Institute where studied  
• City & Country  
• Dates of studies
   In the format: September 2008 - April 2009
• Subjects / Notes
   List your subjects and/or any achievements or awards

List your IT skills - prospective employers want to know about it, whether it is: 

• For example: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.
• Proficient in WAN/LAN, TCP/IP, Java, Visual Basic, Active Directory, Pascal, Remote Access Software, Microsoft Office, Windows 95/98/2000/NT/XP/Pro/Server 2003, Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe StreamLine, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks 

Optional Information 

• Any other information that you supply on your CV will always be included in the CV we send to prospective employers, but your CV will not seem incomplete without these.

• It is up to you whether you want to include items such as a personal profile description, or your interests or hobbies, or an outline of your career objectives.

• But only include these if you believe it contains important and relevant information that a prospective employer needs to know, and do not repeat anything already included in your CV.