CV Sections and How to Write Them
5 Must-Have CV Sections and How to Write Them
Even though the employment gap in Ireland has been growing – and contributing to salary increases for five straight years – employers remain highly selective in employee search. Choosing the most qualified person isn’t enough now; the best person should be the right fit in terms of expertise and compliance with a company’s culture to make a meaningful contribution.
That’s why it’s critical for job seekers to describe their expertise as well as beliefs and behaviors to make it easier for recruiters to recognize them as a potential fit for their organization. One way to ensure that is to give them as much information as possible with the following 5 sections (listed in no particular order):
Section 1: Achievements
Always provide a clear and easy-to-understand list of your professional accomplishments. Many job seekers make a mistake by describing the tasks they performed in previous positions, and this is irrelevant to the recruiter because they want to see what you’ve done. Simply said, your job description doesn’t have any value to them.
So, make sure you write a list of your most impressive achievements including as many details as possible (“increased website traffic by 20 percent within 3 months.”)
Section 2: Education
Including this section is still relevant because employees want to get as much information from you as possible (moreover, it’s a must in case you have little or no work experience). Keep it simple and provide this:
- Name of your school
- The degree you have
- The field of study
- Any relevant extracurricular activities or academic recognition.
Section 3: Skills
According to the latest surveys of recruiters and employers, the value of specific hard and soft skills has been increasing in recent years, so they are one of the most sought-after skills. For example, the recent LinkedIn survey found that the following skills will be in most demand in 2019:
The most in-demand hard skills
- UX design
- UX writing
- People management
- AI and machine learning
- Game development
- Social media management
- Software testing.
The most in-demand soft skills
- Time Management
Section 5: Contact Information
While this one seems basic, many people forget to include it or update it with relevant information. Make sure that potential employers can contact you by sharing your city (and state if applicable), email address, and phone number. And, of course, keep them relevant.
One More Thing
Remember: recruiters read a lot of CVs every day, so make yours easily scannable by writing in small paragraphs and highlighting the most important information.
Nadia Corey is a marketing specialist who believes that writing is the best way to express ourselves and show the world who we are.