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Jobhunting tips - Curriculum Vitae & Resumes

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.

Curriculum Vitae

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 resumé, e.g. project work, skills and achievements.

CV Layout

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

Education
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.

Interests/Activities
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.

Skills
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.

Achievements
Include both significant academic and extra-curricular achievements in this section.

Referees
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.

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TOP TIP!

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!
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Useful resources: [top]

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.