We understand that creating a CV can be difficult and very frustrating as there is no perfect CV.
To help you we have created some guidelines which should be considered while creating/adapting your CV.
As employers receive loads of applications they don’t want a really long CV. An effective CV is usually 2 pages, allowing you to provide the essential information that you want to portray in order to sell yourself to the employer.
A good CV should be consistent and easy on the eye. By this we mean your CV should not be crammed up with too much information by extended margins or reduced font size.
The reader should be able to quickly skim through your CV understanding your compatibility with the job.
Not everyone follows the same format but have the typical headings which follow on from each other in a logical manner. The dates start with the present and go back to the start of your career/education.
In order to be succinct, it is a good idea to use short sentences or phrases where appropriate. Longer sentences can lead to waffled and unclear information which may put the employer off recruiting you.
Don’t forget, your CV is an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and experience. The language should be formal or neutral in tone.
Photographs on CV’s are only required in certain industries such as media or sales. Having a photograph on CV’s can lead to biased decisions. Remember your CV is demonstrating your skills rather than appearance.
Creating a cover letter can help to portray your skills in a more detailed way. When writing one you can focus on the requirements according to the job description rather than a basic letter mentioning your skills.
Even though it is not vital, it is a good way to introduce yourself and show your personality.
Again, it needs to be fairly formal in tone, even though you are using the first person. Describe your experiences and how they would help in the internship at that particular company. You also need to say why you’re the most suitable candidate for the role.
When writing your cover letter emphasise on parts that show you as the most suitable candidate but don’t repeat all of your CV as you will also attach your CV with your cover letter in the email.
The way you start and end your cover letter is important as it shows your formality. Similar to your CV get straight to the point with emphasis on relevant information.
e.g “I would like to be considered for the role of ??????????internship. I believe I have the experience and qualities for this role.
(Next paragraph) First of all, I…………….
(Last paragraph – sum up) Having described my qualities in more detail, I hope to hear from you. “
When selling your skills to show that you are the ideal candidate you can link them to how you can relate to their organisation. You can do this by researching the company. Also, you can tell them what you are impressed with and what attracts you to them.
From the job description pick a few requirements they want and elaborate using examples. If it helps you can use the 5 W’s (Who? What? Where? When? And How?)
Again similar to your CV, presentation is vital. The way you create your letter should be considered through font size, colour and margins. Usually a cover letter is one page but some companies accept 2 pages.