Curriculum Vitae or CV is a document containing details of your educational and professional history.
Your CV should include the following information:
Your name and contact details, including your address, telephone number(s) and email address.
Section: Employment history
Section: Personal interests and Achievements
A personal statement stating what you believe you can offer to an organisation in terms of skills, experience, attitudes and abilities. Your personal statement will vary depending on whether you are applying for a junior or senior post. See our notes on writing a personal statement.)
Curriculum vitae Summary
Your name and contact details:
Graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a degree in English literature and a concentration in printmaking. During my time there, I was heavily involved in the school's art department as an artist-in-residence and gallery assistant. Additionally, I served as president of Harvard's Literary Society—a student-run organization that promotes reading among undergraduates—for two consecutive years.
I have worked at various financial institutions since graduating from college, including JP Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., UBS AG (United States) Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., BlackRock Investment Management LLC (formerly BlackRock Financial Management LLC), Wells Fargo & Co., Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Inc., Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch (Deutsche Bank USA). My most recent role was Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch where I oversaw multiple multimillion pound portfolios across numerous asset classes ranging from equities to fixed income to alternative investments such as private equity or hedge funds.
Your name and contact details
Your name and contact details should be easy to find on the page. It’s essential that anyone who is interested in hiring you knows how to get in touch with you. Make sure this information is clear, concise, and easy for anyone who views it to understand.
Your name should be at the top of your CV, followed by a contact number (preferably a mobile) and an email address where they can reach out if they have any questions or would like more information about what you do.
The font used on your CV should be large enough to be easily readable when printed on paper or viewed online via PDF file format. You should avoid using too many fonts or colours as this will make your CV look cluttered and difficult to read.
Education is one of the most essential parts of your CV. You should include all education, including high school, even if it wasn't at a prestigious university or college. Any courses relevant to the job you are applying for should also be included.
If there are awards or honours related to your degree program or any research you did while in school, those should be listed here as well.
If you speak any languages other than English (and sometimes even if you do), make sure they're mentioned in this section as well—it could be a big plus for an employer!
Listing special skills like being able to write code in Python or Excel macros can help differentiate yourself from other candidates who may have similar educational backgrounds but lack those skills. This can help highlight what makes you uniquely qualified for the position being applied for and give potential employers something else about which they can ask questions during an interview process if needed later down the line after initially reading through everything else on their own time before deciding whether or not hiring someone might be worth their time investment overall.
List your employment history and include your most recent positions first. Include the name of each company where you worked, including dates of employment, title(s), responsibilities and achievements.
List any special projects or awards you have won for work performance.
Personal interests and Achievements
Please detail any hobbies or interests that are relevant to the job. You may also include any awards, academic achievements, charity work, languages you speak and computer skills.
Your CV is your marketing tool. It must capture your potential employer’s attention within 10 seconds.
Your CV is your marketing tool, so it has to be written with one goal in mind:
Get selected for the next stage of the process (e.g., interview) as quickly as possible
Keep your potential employer's attention for 10 seconds or less
If you don't grab their attention within those first 10 seconds, you miss out on being selected for an interview, which means that all your hard work researching the company and tailoring your application will have been wasted.
The primary purpose of a CV is to get you an interview. It should be clear, concise and easy to read and demonstrate how your skills match those requested in the job description.
You should now feel confident about writing your CV, but if you need more advice or a free review of your current CV, submit it here.
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