There is no set format on how to present a CV is up to you. There is no perfect template, overall a CV should be neat and short, usually no more than two sides of A4. A CV should be carefully and clearly laid out, logically ordered, easy to read and not cramped. Be concise, be honest and be accurate. A CV would normally include:
Basic Personal Details
Name, address, phone number, e-mail address
Personal profile This is a short statement at the beginning of a CV, which sells you, your skills, experience and personal qualities. This is generally a summary of you using positive words such as ‘competent’, ‘adaptable’, and ‘conscientious’.
Starting with your most recent job first. Emphasize the skills and experience you have gained across each job (for example, skills in dealing with customers or communication skills. Include dates and any temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate. Use action words such as developed, planned and organized and try to relate the skills you have gained to the job you are applying for.
Things that you did well in your past jobs which could be relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Qualifications and training
As well as formal qualifications include any qualifications and training from previous jobs (for example, training in health and safety or a certificate in food hygiene). Again start with the most recent first, mention grades if applicable. If you wish to highlight languages skills, ensure you include your level such as fluent, intermediate. For computing skills make sure you mention the packages you have used such as Microsoft word. If you have nothing to put in this section education section then focus on writing the other sections of your CV, highlighting the skills and experience you have gained as part of employment or other life experiences.
These can useful where your hobbies and leisure activities highlight responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the job for which you’re applying. For example if you belong to a club or a society which you organise activities for, or you use leadership skills or teamwork. This section should be short and to the point. As you experience grows, your employment record will take precedence and interests will typically diminish greatly in length and importance. Bullets can be used to separate interests into different types: sporting, creative etc.
Do not attempt to hide gaps, if there are gaps in your CV it can be helpful to include these and the reasons. If you had a career break because you were caring for children or elderly relatives, make this a positive thing and think about the skills you used doing this. If the job you’re applying for is different from what you’ve done in the past, explain why you’re interested in the new type of work.