Jobhunting tips - Curriculum Vitae & Resumes
A Resume is a one page overview of your career to date. It should include: Personal Details, Academic Qualifications, Work Experience and the details of referees. However there is no need to go into great detail as would be the case with a CV.
The CV is how you advertise yourself to prospective employers. The employer's decision to call you for an interview is based on your experience and how you present yourself. Therefore, it is important that your CV be informative and professional. You can include more information than a resumÃ©, e.g. project work, skills and achievements.
There are no strict rules for the layout of a CV, but CVs tend to include the following sections: [top]
- Personal Details
- Name, address, telephone number, date of birth
- Main focus on recent qualifications, give the expected full
title of your degree, show the structure and time frame of the course, give
your overall results, mention the final year thesis if its subject matter is
relevant to the job, showing the general skills gained from its production.
Give a brief summary of your Leaving Certificate results but leave out your
Junior Certificate results.
- Project Work
- A brief description of any relevant project work you have
completed, particularly your final year project. List the title, your aim and
objective, the process, methodology and specific techniques used, and your
findings and recommendations.
- Work Experience
- You should include all your previous work experience,
including work placements, summer jobs, voluntary work, any permanent or part
time work. Describe the duties of the work and the relevant skills you have
gained from it. Remember that even if your previous work experience is totally
unconnected to the job you are applying for, you can use it to demonstrate
your skills, qualities and motivations.
- Avoid a straight listing of your interests.
Instead show whatever skills or qualities you have developed. Mention any
positions of responsibility you have held in clubs and societies. Employers
often look for evidence of personal qualities in this section.
- Include in this section those skills that you have acquired
which you haven't mentioned already but which increase your worth to the
prospective employer e.g. foreign languages, computer and keyboard skills,
driving license etc.
- Include both significant academic and extra-curricular
achievements in this section.
- Include the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses of two referees, one academic and one from your work experience. Always ask their permission first.
As with application forms it is important that you are positive, specific and relevant in the information you provide. A CV should always be accompanied by a covering letter.
It is important to make the CV your own. Don't simply copy phrases from sample CVs.
The UK's Careers Services body, Prospects, provide a FREE
CV-checking service for students and graduates who are EU nationals. You may
submit your CV once and have it analysed by professionals. Ensure you have made
your CV as good as humanly possible before submitting it to prospects!
Useful resources: [top]
- Destinations http://www.dcu.ie/students/careers/destinations/index.shtml
- The Careers Resource Library here in DCU
- GradIreland's careers advice section
- Prospects provide an excellent section on CVs here
- Target Job
- Try Monster.ie's Career Centre
- Windmills programme (PDF)
When making specific application to specific companies, check if they have a careers section on their website - many will provide their own advice on CVs, such as Bank of Ireland. You should, of course, thoroughly research a particular company's website upon making an application to them.