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This section proviides information and advice on job searching, CVs, interviews and aspoects of job hunting
Note: this section is not intended to replace advice given by a careers guidance service. If you have access to a guidance & information service, you should make use of that: advice from a dedicated and specialist service is always better.
A CV or Curriculum Vitae (in America, it's called a Resume), is a written overview of your skills, achievements, education, and work experience. You're normally required to submit your CV as part of any job applications you make, along with a covering letter. You can also send a CV and cover letter to a potential employer on spec (they'll most likely keep your application on file) .
You use your CV to show an employer why they should hire you and what they can expect from you when they do hire you. A CV is a good way of putting you in the shop window - it's a opportunity to market yourself and show off your strengths. If you don't have any work experience yet, don't panic! If you have done any of the following put them in your CV; they will demonstrate your skills and abilities:
Sports coaching or refereeing
Organising events at school or college
Been part of a committee or group
There's not any kind of official CV format, but a good CV should include:
personal details - name, address, contact details
personal statement - a short summary describing who you are, your skills and strengths and your career goals
your work experience - with your current or most recent job coming first and then working backwards
your education and qualifications - with your most recent qualifications coming first and then working backwards
your hobbies and interests
There are also a few things that you don't need to put in your CV:
Your age (irrelevant)
Your marital status (irrelevant)
Your nationality (unless you're from outside of the EU)
A photograph (it takes up valuable space)
The result of every exam you've ever taken (the longer you've been out of school and in the workplace, the less relevant your leaving and junior cert results become)