Career Guide

CV Preparation

The purpose of a CV is to present your skills and abilities in the best possible manner to get you noticed by prospective employers. Based on our vast experience in sieving through CV, we have come up with general information to guide you on your CV preparation.

Personal Details

You should list your full name and contact details, ideally including a mobile number and email address. Do not provide your direct work phone number if it will be inconvenient for you to be contacted at it.

Education and Professional Qualifications

This should be in chronological order, starting with the most recent academic background. Should there be specific achievement (e.g. professional examination), you can highlight them. If you have yet to graduate, do include your expected graduation date.

References

A CV reference is a person who can ascertain your credentials and information provided in your CV. References are normally contacted in the last stages of the job recruitment process. These are individuals who know you well and can give a pleasant feedback to anyone enquiring about your past. References can be former teachers or professors, clients or former supervisors at work.

Photo

A photo of yourself in professional attire should be placed in your CV. For males, you should be dressed in a formal collared shirt with tie. For females, you should be dressed in a formal collared shirt or formal dress.

Professional Experience

This should also be in chronological order, starting with the most recent work experience to date, highlighting the company name, your title, commencement and completion dates. In bullet point format, include your main responsibilities and achievements.

Co-curriculum Activity and Interests

Similarly, this should be in chronological order, starting with the most recent co-curriculum activity, stating the activity, your title, commencement and completion day. In bullet point format, include your main responsibilities and achievements.

Skills and Knowledge

List all software systems that you have had exposure to, such as Microsoft Office. In today’s market it is important to have strong and up to date systems skills.
In this section of your CV you should include your language skills and your level of competency and fluency in each language.

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