There are many sections in a CV that most people would expect to see as standard. For example, the personal statement, skills, career history and education/qualifications.
However, the reality is your CV is your opportunity to shine, and demonstrate why you are the best fit for the job you are applying for. What you include is therefore entirely your choice. The only thing that really matters is that it’s relevant, and demonstrates why you, at the very least, deserve to be invited for an interview.
What other headings could you include if you wanted to?
If you speak more than one language, you might want to include a separate section dedicated to outlining your skills in this area, rather than merely listing it under a skill.
You could explain, in a few sentenced, what level your knowledge and understanding is at, whether you have used it during your previous employment, and how you think it might benefit your potential employer.
Many people think that awards won during previous employment, certainly those that are awarded to whole teams, are irrelevant. Whilst it’s true they’re not a full reflection on your ability alone, they do demonstrate that a team you worked in has achieved great things.
Explain what was awarded, when and by which organisation/body. If you have space explain, briefly, how you contributed to the winning team.
Depending on your experience and the position you’re applying for, you might want to include a separate section on IT skills alone. Are you a whizz at PowerPoint, know everything there is to know about Excel and Pivot Tables?
Try to only list things that would be relevant in the role you are applying for, so don’t list a host of web developing software you can use if this is never going to come up.
Many people choose to study in their own time, and with the likes of online courses from Udemy, many of these aren’t necessary accredited, or result in a specific qualification.
However, it does all count. Demonstrating that you are essentially self-taught in a particular field that will add benefit to your future employer, is never a bad thing. Showing that you take in an interest in life-long learning, and have specific areas you are passionate about will stand you in good stead.
Many people don’t think voluntary work should go on CV because it doesn’t form part of the “career”. However, it all comes under experience, and you are bound to have learnt something in every position you have undertaken, whether it is paid or not.
Talk about what you have done, what skills you developed or gained, and why you felt passionately about that particular cause to want to volunteer your time to support them.
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