A CV checklist summarises a job applicant’s past skills and experience. It outlines an applicant’s suitability to do the work that they are applying for. In order to project an image of utmost professionalism, it is important for a CV to be clear, concise, and well-written. As part of a CV checklist, a proofreading/editing service will ensure that spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct, but a candidate will also have to provide the initial content.
A CV is not set to any definite format. What it includes is very much dependent on the individual applicant. However, candidates who apply for a specific position with a company should:
- Check the company’s website and endeavour to find out what that company is looking for in a prospective employee. Candidates should also ascertain the specific skills that are required for the job on offer;
- List their present position(s) and the jobs that they have held in the past, providing all relevant employment dates, company names and addresses;
- Mention their pastimes. Some pastimes and sports, for example a rugby enthusiast, may suggest a positive image, whereas others such as reading or watching TV may imply a more passive personality;
- Outline their special skills. For example, a specialist knowledge of Photoshop, social media marketing, or fluency in other languages may be beneficial to the company. An applicant’s skills, experiences and personal qualities can provide a prospective employer with a more in-depth understanding of that candidate. Candidates can also mention published articles, reports, and booklets as well as conferences they organised and attended, or lectures they have given;
- List qualifications, education details in reverse chronological order, beginning with university and providing information of the relevant dates and the grades obtained;
- State at the end of their CVs ‘references available on request’. Employers can then ask for details of the names of references if they are prepared to offer an applicant a position. Candidates should discuss their job applications with the referees they have selected, but not provide the names of referees at the time of application.