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Your CV has one primary objective- to secure you an interview
A client is likely to be reviewing your CV from a list of 4 or 5, or possibly more depending on the role. Your CV should present information about your skills and experience in such a way that a prospective client decides to request an interview with you to explore your suitability further.
Candidates often ask us for advice on the best way to present their CV. Although the points below can not cover all scenarios we would suggest a format similar to that shown below. Also, remember, your CV should ideally not exceed 4 pages, and may be less.
Your name, address and contact info
Limit this to a small paragraph explaining what you do. Keep it simple, and mention points of interest, such as being Oracle Certified etc. For example:
“David is a senior Oracle Applications DBA with 10 years experience specialising in the installation, upgrade and support of the Oracle E-Business suite. As a Certified Oracle Professional he has worked in government, financial, telecoms and banking sectors with a wide exposure to all modules and many different business and technical environments.”
List all positions over the last 3 – 4 yrs, with the latest role listed first. Spend more time explaining what you have been doing in your last couple of roles, and then spend a little less on previous roles. Remember, ideally your CV should be of 3 – 4 pages in length. Give the title of each role, a description of the responsibilities and bullet points for your achievements within it.
Education and Professional Qualifications/ Memberships
Again, list your most recent qualifications first. Generally speaking there is no need to list qualifications from school.
Also mention here if you have any language skills.
Confirm that references are available, although there is no need to mention them here.
Other points to consider:
A common question is “should I list hobbies/ interests?” There is probably no harm in mentioning them, but we have never had a client ask any questions about a candidate’s hobbies, or ask why none are listed!
If you are fluent in another language it is often worth preparing a CV in each language, as this will often help with client selection.
When laying out your CV, consider the following:
As you can appreciate there are many other recommendations we can make however we have only included the main ones that should ensure your CV looks good and reads well.
An Apps IT Recruitment Consultant will be happy to help you with further advice on your CV presentation.