Yes! This information can also be included in a “cover email” as well.
A cover letter is a supporting document for your CV. It can help you to explain your current situation. It is a good place to answer questions which you anticipate that a potential employer might ask.
Remember, the goal of your cover letter and CV is to convince an employer to spend the time and money required to interview you. It should aim at getting you an interview - no more and no less.
Think about your CV. What are the questions they are likely to ask? Here are some examples:
Curriculum vitae literally means ‘the course of one's life or career’ and the description for resume is ‘a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job’.
Hence, your CV is the key to getting an interview and will determine whether or not you get the interview for the job you want. As mentioned above your CV should be brief while still outlining your career and skills. Your resume must quickly offer something of interest and value to a potential employer.Your CV performs several functions.
You must describe your skills in sufficient detail so the reader will be able to determine your level of experience. In most cases four to five pages are sufficient. Six or more pages is too long for anyone.
Length of resume depends not only on what you have to say, but also on page layout factors such as type size, font selection and margin width. (Think about these carefully when presenting).
Personal Details and Profile
You should always start with personal details; Names, Address, Telephone Number and Email address. It is a personal preference whether to include your address in this section and not an absolute must. Some candidates will elect to just include name, telephone number and email address.
You must always state whether a work permit is held and current.
Next a short summary of your main attributes or achievements should be added. Make this no more than four or five sentences long, highlighting your strengths and your key skills related to the position or area that you are applying for. Remember to hold the reader’s attention in this area
Make sure to list these in reverse chronological order with your current position first. Include dates and duration of employment. Give examples of all hardware and software experience and demonstrate all your skills by highlighting the achievements and contributions you have made by using them. Detail what you have accomplished, what languages and technology you have used.
Try and add what you have learned from your previous positions of employment and who you have benefited. Interpersonal skills should also be detailed, together with examples of teamwork and initiative. These areas are becoming increasingly important when it comes to potential employers differentiating between you and other candidates.
When including a skills section, there is a recommended format we've found to be effective. Firstly, break up your skills into categories such as Applications, Support Tools, Operating Systems etc. Then list the technologies after the title of the category (the most recently used first).
It is also helpful to add the competency level of that technology after each skill. Another option is to list the skills used for each job after each position description. This would help the employer to see when and where you gained those skills.
Education is an integral part of a CV, but there is no exact rule stating where it should be listed. Its importance will depend on many factors including your position or what industry you are in.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that your CV should be designed to get you an interview and therefore highlight your accomplishments. There are several things to think about when deciding where to place this section in your resume.
Reasons why you should list your education at the top of your resume:
Reasons why you should list your education towards the end of your resume:
There is great debate as to whether references should be included in CVs prior to interviewing, therefore it is entirely up to you whether you include them or not. (Obviously if the employer states references must be included with your CV, then it would be advisable to add them).
If you do wish to include references, you should have three, two of which should be an employer and the other, someone who can give you a more personal reference (this can also be a previous employer if suitable). Always check with your referees before giving their names. If you prefer, you could simply state that references can be supplied on request.
Below are the main points you should take from this guide.
Create your CV to be: