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What is a CV?

Curriculum Vitae or CV  literally means 'record of life'.

It's a personal marketing tool, presenting your qualifications, skills and attributes to employers in a way that demonstrates your suitability for the job or position.

Why you need a CV:

It's a document you'll use to apply for advertised and non-advertised positions.

You'll need one to apply for jobs and courses.

The purpose of your CV is to get you an interview…in order to get the job.

Remember that employers have to sift through a large number of CVs and most will be rejected at the first hurdle, usually because they don't follow the basic rules.

Do:

  • Adapt your CV to the organisation you are writing to and make it relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Think about the skills the employer is asking for - can you provide evidence from football, any courses, work experience or leisure pursuits that you possess?
  • Include a covering letter with your CV. (More information on covering letters is available here.)
  • All sections of the CV are important and should be completed accurately.
  • Sell yourself - to do this, describe your key achievements in football, work in the community, coaching badges, employment, study and other experience. Employers want to know what you can do for them.
  • Consider using bullet points along with short sentences.
  • Check your grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Keep your CV to two sides and make it look well-presented and inviting to read.
  • Keep a copy for future reference.
  • Keep updating your CV with relevant information and qualifications.

Don't:

  • Leave dates unaccounted for- if you do, it leaves the employer guessing.
  • Invent information, you could be asked to discuss it in the interview.
  • Waffle - long paragraphs and sentences will take too long to read.
  • Make it too short by giving the bare essentials of dates and job titles. Don’t just make a list of skills that you have gained. You need to provide evidence of them using examples from your experience.
  • Use fancy fonts or exotic paper, it will distract from what you are trying to say.