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You will need a CV if you are looking for employment. It is important that you spend some time on your CV as you are selling your skills and knowledge to potential employers, so you need to show yourself in the best light possible. There are many ways of laying out CVs so we have outlined the key elements that should be included with some tips.

1. Your name and Curriculum Vitae should be written at the top

2. Your address, phone numbers and email

3. Profile
This provides your potential employer with the opportunity to find out a little more about what sort of employee you are. This is your chance to make that first impression. A few examples of sentences follow:

  • Good telephone manner
  • Prioritising and managing time effectively and efficiently whilst adapting effectively to various situations, allowing for a flexible approach to work
  • I enjoy working with the general public and like to be busy with various tasks
  • Able to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Friendly, approachable and enjoy working independently or as a member of a team
  • Conscientious and trustworthy

4. Education and Qualifications

  • Start with the most recent first
  • Month/Year – Qualification Title/Place of Study

5. Employment History

  • Start with the most recent first
  • Month/Year Start – Month/Year Finish
  • Job Title/Company Name
  • Brief Description of duties and responsibilities

6. Interests
State the activities that you like to do outside of work. Also, any achievements that you have gained.

7. References
Choose previous employers who can give first hand information relevant to your job applications and testify to your skills, character and experience.

Example CV Screenshot