Step 1: Professional Profile

Before you can write your Professional Profile (or Summary), you need to understand all the elements. A profile should:

      1. Be 4 – 5 lines on the page (don’t mix this up with sentences)
      2. CLEARLY position you (as to what you do) or the direction you want to go in (if changing career). This will help focus the content of the CV.

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Step 2: Skills

CVs are constantly changing. Constantly evolving to keep up with the digital age. As such, to ensure that your CV stands out, employers use ATS software to locate keywords and phrases necessary for the job.

‘What is ATS?’

ATS or Applicant Tracking System is used by employers or recruiters to screen potential candidates, comparing what’s written in the CV against the job description. Each skill, verb, phrases are weighed and placed into pre-determined categories. Read More

Step 3: Education

Due to the development and shift of CVs, many employers value the level of your education in different ways. This means that its placement on your CV doesn’t have to be on the first page. Not anymore. So, what is the correct way to represent your education?

‘Are you a Graduate?’

If you are a recent graduate, within 2 years, then it would be beneficial to place your education on the first page. This is to emphasise that the knowledge gained is fresh and that you have academic experience in the field you are applying for. It is recommended that your education would come AFTER Personal Profile and Skills.
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Step 4: Experience

Your work experience is the most important part of your CV. It showcases your career to date, the skills earned, and the level of expertise you’ve gained in different industries. But, how do you portray this information without a) repeating yourself or b) keeping it relevant?

‘Before you get started, list out your experiences’

Without elaborating on your duties, simply list what you’ve done to date. If you can’t remember the exact date, stating the year will suffice. Once you have an order (most recent first), then you can begin writing your duties. Read More

Step 5: Additional Information

So far we have helped you through your Personal Profile, Skills, Education and Experience; now it’s time to focus on the additional information that you can include in your CV.

‘Voluntary Experience’

Whether you act as a Treasurer with your local GAA club or as a Fundraiser for a cause you are interested in, this will add significant value and credibility to YOU, as a person. There are skills gained that you can transfer to any work environment, so use this to your advantage.

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