Make Curriculum Vitae Resume
Edited by Thor, Jen M, Dougie
Hello and welcome to VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how to make a CV - or Curriculum Vitae. CV is essential because it is your first form of interaction with any potential employer. This is your audition. Maybe they never met you or never talked to you but the CV will arrive in their desk and be the biggest factor in their choice to invite you for an interview, or not. If you have a poorly written CV; if it's difficult to understand; if it's complex or difficult to extrapolate information; if it's not presented properly, all your good qualities will be lost. The only thing that a reader will understand is that you do not know how to present yourself.
- 2If we start in the beginning, we start with personal information. We have your name, email address, date of birth and nationality. You could also include other things such as your location, your telephone number, LinkedIn account, or other things that you feel would benefit you. I would always, just, not give in too much information initially because you need to keep your private life, to some extent, private. You do not want to show them your Facebook account with you under the table drinking 14 pints of pure vodka. It's good to separate the personal and private life. I think, sometimes, it's not necessary to give out too much information immediately.Advertisement
- 3Second phase - we are going to move to your Personal Profile. This is where you are going to give a short introduction about yourself, who you are, some of your strengths and some general information - something to color in the picture, the back of the reader's picture, that is you, at the moment. You exist in the shadows for the reader who does not know you. This will start to give them ideas. This will start to add some color and some definition to your form.
- 4Next, I have structured a list of areas where you can highlight your skills. In this area, we are going to press Enter to make bullet points. Bullet points are easy to understand. There is space - there is room for the reader to identify each individual point. If you just write a big essay, then it's too much to take - there is so many words. Bullet points help to break down your qualities into easily digestible bullet points.
- 5Skills and Achievements - I can write "I" (maybe not in capitals but capital is underlined), we don't waste this authority to speak in first person, you could say things like "I have qualified to give first aid", for example. It means that you can give first aid if someone is injured. You are qualified enough to provide medical assistance - and that's a big thing. Other achievements could be your won awards - "I've been a recipient of a local business award". Put things on this nature like your skills such as your "vast experience of researching medical data" - for example. So this is where you need to sell your main skills and achievements.
- 6We also have Technical Skills in the next column. We are going to start with some more bullet points. The bullet point section is here. Let's make some more bullet points. Input technical skills such as "competence with computer editing software.". It might also be skills to "drive a digger" or "familiar with SAGE accounting program". You need to understand what skills you have and communicate them in a concise way.
- 7Next is Teamwork and Leadership. These are of very good interests to prospective employers because they show how well you work with others. It's very seldom that you will be working entirely with yourself. You will always have human interaction and always have to work with a team, normally. It's important that you can do that in a harmonious way so this can be your way of showing your experience on that - Teamwork. Do you play any sport? Have you been a captain? Once again, we can get some bullet points going and say "captain of local badminton team" or "have participated in various team adventure weekends. Perhaps, you can reference times where you have had to take control of a situation; like you were in a school or university; or where you were a "president of the chess club"; or other times when you were voted as a member of a team or committee. You need to think about that.
- 8Next is; Initiative and Adaptability. In this section we are going to try and express moments where we have to innovate - perhaps, unexpectedly, something has happened that we have to adapt. This shows our ability to work under pressure, ability to react with unexpected situations and also to be creative and come up with solutions which will be essential in any realm of employment. You may give an example like; how your "car broke down in wilderness and had to find an alternative way home" or perhaps your "computer system crashed but was able to create alternative methods of accepting cash so that the business could continue operating". You could also talk about how you were asked to do a new role, or took a new role, in your previous or current job and how you adapted to that - like, "additional roles with which was unfamiliar yet accepted and flourished, receiving management recognition". All of these are key areas with skills that you need to demonstrate to prospective employers.
- 9If you feel that you would like to add a new category - it's not a problem. You can add a new category that is related to your job. The important thing about the CV is to tailor it to the specific position that you are applying for. If one job is looking for leadership, another job is maybe looking to see if you can work on your own - to see if you can work independently. Maybe you need a category that is related to independent working.
- 10I have included I.T. Skills because now, a number of jobs require I.T. proficiency so you need to have some knowledge, and often, good knowledge of I.T. skills. We could put more bullet points and say "well experienced in using Microsoft Word and Excel". Maybe you have specific I.T. skills such as "website design" or "editing" and "Powerpoint presentation" and such like.
- 11Next is, General Skills. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your personal qualities - your personal skills. Have you learned a language? Do you play an instrument? Do you like travelling? Have you volunteered anywhere? We can say, "volunteered with youth group". This section helps to portray your true self - as you are a well-rounded individual. It shows that you are not a robot. It does not just highlight your professional qualities but it shows that you are well-rounded as a person and that you have other qualities in your personal life - this is essential now.
- 12Employers do not just want a good worker. They need someone who is generally a good person who has skills that they can utilize from different experiences and this becoming a massive factor in the job market. It's very common for people and employers to ask about your personal life - that gives a really true sentence of who you are. We can say, "learned to speak French" or "play the trombone". General skills could be everything from "enjoying fixing cars" and elements like these.
- 13Next, we go on to Education. Your education will be standard. You'll see that this is a standard form of CV - you need to include your educational history. Here we have some dates. I've chosen to structure it like this - I feel that it's clear, concise and displays everything that you need. Put your university on the intended section- including honors ("BA, Honors" or the greatest applicable for you.
- 15Finally, we need to go to Relevant Employment History. I've included the word "relevant" here because you do not need to include your entire employment history. If it's not related to the job, it may actually be detrimental. If you are applying for a job in an office or a company, perhaps it's not necessary to put down your experience of employment history of working in a bar or working in a night club. Maybe, if you want to work in a bar, this is something you need to highlight. If you are going for a position of a teacher, you would more likely to include your employment history that is related to that position. You could put down your previous job and that would be in this section.
- 16We could put down "Junior Clerk". I always want to put the date first and rank them in order of date, so we could put "March 2012 - December 2014, Junior Clerk" then put some information like "worked for this company for over two years", then state your position and responsibilities like "dealing with customers, inputting data". You want to do this for every job. Next, let's say "May 2010 - January 2012" and into the next job. Just try to keep it relative.
- 17So we're going to review. This is two-page long - which is a good size as well. If employers are receiving hundreds of CV's, they don't want to read through four, five or six pages of data or information. Try to keep it concise - try to keep it as small as possible. Two pages is a good sign. It's understandable if you need to use three because the Employment History could be quite big, sometimes. The idea is to try and keep it as small as possible while maintaining high level of design, competence, production and presentation.
- 18For final overview, we will go through the CV one more time. Here, we have your Personal Information on top - name, email address, date of birth and nationality. Next is Personal Profile, information about you - give them some color, give them some details and present yourself to them. Next, we're going to go to some bullet points, different categories: Skills and Achievements, Technical Skills, Teamwork and Leadership, Initiative and Adaptability, I.T. Skills, General Skills. Remember, you can add different categories if you feel you need a different category for the specific job that you are applying for. Next, we're going to go to Education History - very simple, your University, your Master's Degree, the facilities and location where you studied. Next is Employment History - places where you worked, dates, positions and overview on what you did and the position that you filled when you worked there.
- 19This has been a video on how to construct a CV. If you have any further questions or any comments or queries, please leave them in the comments section below. You've been watching VisiHow and goodbye!