12 components of a good CV


12 components to include in your CV (if you have them😅)

1. Contact Information

This includes your full name, phone number, email address, and possibly a professional online profile like LinkedIn. Avoid including sensitive information like your social security number, passport number, account number 😅. 

2. Objective Statement or Professional Summary

This is a brief statement that outlines your career goals and why you would be a good fit for the position. A professional summary can be used instead of an objective, to showcase your skills, accomplishments, and experience.

3. Skills

This section should be tailored to the job you're applying for. Highlight both your hard skills (e.g., proficiency in a foreign language or computer software) and soft skills (e.g., problem-solving or teamwork).

4. Work Experience

Start with your most recent job and work backwards. Include the company name, your title, the dates you were employed, and a brief summary of your duties and achievements.

5. Education

Like the work experience section, start with your most recent education experience and work backwards. Include the institution name, your degree, your field of study, and the dates you attended. If you're a recent graduate, you may also include your GPA if it's strong.

6. Certifications and Licenses

If you've earned any relevant certifications or licenses, include them in this section.

7. Achievements and Awards

If you have any notable achievements or awards from your career or education, they can be listed in this section.

8. Volunteer Work

Many employers value community involvement, so include any volunteer work, especially if it's related to your field.

9. Professional Affiliations

Include any professional organizations that you're a member of. This can demonstrate your commitment to your field.

10. References

While it's not necessary to list your references on your CV, it's often helpful to include a statement such as "References available upon request."

11. Publications or Presentations

If you've been published in a professional journal, or given a presentation at a conference, include the details here.

12. Personal Interests (optional)

Some people choose to include a section on their interests and hobbies. This can give potential employers a sense of your personality and what you might bring to the team. However, keep it professional and relevant.

Remember, your CV is often your first opportunity to make an impression on a potential employer, so make sure it's well-written, well-organized, and free of errors.

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