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The following is an article written by a hiring employer about what to include in a CV. 

Dear Job Applicants,

Writing a CV and a cover letter can be very difficult and sometimes it is hard to know what to incude in a CV. I can tell you a few key points that are valuable in writing a CV or cover letter from the perspective of a hiring employer.

Balance personal info and relevant info

The first thing to keep in mind is that employers can receive hundreds of applications for a single position. It is very important to keep your CV concise and relevant. Writing lengthy statements in a CV can often be a turn off and can distract the hiring committee from the more pertinent aspects of your CV. There is space in the CV for some brief comments and personal information in your personal profile; however, even in this section it is important to be clear and direct. Personal interests and character traits are important and should be mentioned within a CV but only in appropriate places i.e. hobbies and interests sections. That being said, it is important to make your CV personal and interesting so that you will stand out as a candidate. It is the balance of making your CV unique but also keeping to the point that will draw employers' attention.

Be specific about employment history  

When writing and compiling your employment history it is very important that you not only state your previous jobs but that you also explain your personal experience with them. Be specific. If you were a project manager, for example, state your responsibilities and not only the job description. A lot more goes into a position than can be stated in a job description. Maybe as a project manager you gained a lot of experience in conflict resolution because of varied ideas from team members; state this in your CV. Maybe you gained a lot of administrative experience as well; state the work that you did not just your job title. And most importantly in the work history section of a CV you must state how these skills will be useful assuming you are offered the position you're applying for.

Write about your educational history

Unless the job you're applying for is a specialization (doctor, electrical engineer, etc.) it is less important to employers exactly how well you did; rather we are interested in why you chose this path and how it will help you in the position you're applying for.  When reviewing candidates' educational histories employers are less concerned with A levels and specific grades than with the path you chose and the reasons you chose it. If you studied accounting for instance do not list all the courses you took and the grades you received unless it is requested by an employer. It is better to add a sentence or two to the educational history section stating that you studied accounting because you thought it would be useful in a career in account management because of the skills you would learn along the way. Always state the reasons for the decisions you made and how you expect these to help you to reach your end goal whatever it may be.

Do your homework

Lastly, it is of great importance that you do your homework. With the job market being so competitive, candidates are often applying to a number of positions at once. Make your CV unique to each job for which you're applying and do the research necessary for each position. Show that you know a little something about the company or organization you wish to work for and why you want to work for them specifically. Know the responsibilities of the positions you're applying for and tailor your CV to compliment those. We want to know why you want to work for us. What about the position or organization drew your attention and made apply for it. 

I hope these tips will be helpful in creating your CV and cover letters. Be yourself, don’t lie or exaggerate, and proof read your CV multiple times. Small errors such as typos or grammatical mistakes will land your CV at the bottom of the pile very quickly. Good luck to you and happy job hunting.


Tim Reins, Hiring Manager at Streaming Revenues

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