5 Most Important Sections Of A Professional CV And What To Include

By on May 17, 2013

Making a decision on what to include in order to come up with a high quality CVs is often challenging most especially when you have experiences and qualifications in various fields.

It is important to have a well written and structured CV when looking for a job.

A well written CV will show the potential employer or recruiter your attention to detail and professionalism, both are major skills that employers and recruiters are seeking today.

Do you need help getting started on your CV, or do you need to update your current one? Are you not sure which sections to include in your CV?

This guide will show you the 5 most important sections of a CV and what to include.

1. Your personal information: You want to include your information on the top of your CV.

This is important because employers or recruiters need to know how to get n contact with you.

You will want to include your full name, your full current address, home number, cell number, and email address.

More and more employers and recruiters are getting in touch with job seekers by email these days, so it is important to include your email and check it daily.

Also, make sure you leave a professional voicemail in case an employer or recruiter phones you.

2. Objective or professional profile: Next, you will want to tailor the objective section to the specific job to which you are applying.

The objective should state what job or job title you are applying for, and briefly explain why you want this position. It is a good opportunity to highlight your skills.

The other option here is you can write a professional profile. The professional profile will highlight your experience and skills;

however, think of this section as a summary. It should, therefore, only be about 3-4 sentences long.

3. Work experience: The experience section shows your work history. It is best to begin with your most recent or current job.

You should include the name of the company, your job title, the dates of employment, and provide a bulleted list of your responsibilities and duties.

There is no need to write complete sentences, but be sure to use active verbs.

4. Education: The education section of your CV should include all the educational institutions you have attended, the dates you attended and graduated,

the degrees you earned, and any special honors or awards. Start this section with your most recent or current education experience.

In this section you may also include any certificates you have attained, or any special professional courses you have attended.

5. Additional skills: The additional skills section may be the most difficult section to write for job seekers.

The most important thing to remember is you want to include only skills that relate to the job you are applying for.

You may include technical and non-technical skills. Many people include computer skills in this section;

however, many recruiters today say that including basic computer skills such as Word or Excel is a waste of CV space.

This article was produced by Danny Thurman, a recruitment specialist and career adviser.

He is an expert in CV writing. Visit http://joblistsouthafrica.com where he often uses his talent.

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