A CV checklist allows job applicants to summarise their past skills and experience. It outlines an applicant’s suitability to do the work they are applying for. In order to project an image of utmost professionalism, a CV should be clear, concise, and well-written. A proofreading/editing service will ensure that spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct. However, a candidate has also to provide the initial content and this is where a CV checklist can prove helpful.
Job applicants should check the company’s website. They should also endeavour to find what a company is looking for in a prospective employee. Candidates should also ascertain the specific skills an employer is looking for.
CVs do not follow any definite format. What it includes is very much dependent on the individual applicant. When applying for a specific position with a company, a candidate should:
- List their present position(s) and the jobs that they have held in the past. Provide 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. But 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. 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. They may also include conferences they organised and attended, or lectures they have given;
- List qualifications and education details in reverse chronological order. They should also provide, beginning with university, the relevant dates and the grades obtained;
- State at the end of their CVs ‘references available on request’. If an employer offers an applicant a position, they can then ask for the names of references. Candidates should discuss their job applications with the referees they have selected.
A CV checklist allows a candidate, by selling their skills, to impress their prospective employer.