Name and Contact Details
You should NOT be using four lines to list your name, address, email, home and mobile number.
Use the width of the page to your best advantage. If you can produce a short document, while including all necessary information, and your stellar achievements, you will have proven in your CV you can think cogently, and write with economy
Potential interviewers read too much bumph, and sigh when a four page, double-sided CV arrives. Do them and you the favour
of keeping your CV presentation comprehensive and short!
Especially in a one-page or email CV, remove your postal address, unless it is stated as required information, condense your name, phone number, and email to one line ~ you will save valuable
space. Please see the Section below, SUGGESTED LAYOUT FOR YOUR CURRICULUM VITAE.
People who read your CV shall have read thousands, and do not need every detail explained. They will be aware of major awards, scholarships, etc, so a mere mention is all that is required.
Please be aware,
in an informal conversation, or at a formal interview, you are NOT obliged to mention if you are married, OR in any kind of relationship, OR your sexual orientation. NEITHER are
you required to say if you have any children OR plan to have children. You are NOT required to give your date of birth (except in relation to age requirements for some jobs because of insurance cover issues
ie, being over 18 years of age), OR mention any religious or political affiliations. Interviewers are restricted by law from asking questions on these matters. YOUR PRIVATE LIFE IS JUST THAT.
Be very careful about including connection to your Facebook page, or any of your other social media platforms. There can be personal, photographic, and other information on these that you may not wish potential employers or educational establishments to see. If you do plan to add your Facebook or similar social media, please check through
it with a very critical eye, and make any deletions or changes you think advisable BEFORE sending off an application, or taking up an opportunity of an interview.
how many people apply for each position available, checking through potential candidates' social media pages is a frequently used method of reducing the number of people for consideration.
Make sure your site does not deny you an opportunity!
YOU MAY BE CERTAIN THAT YOUR POTENTIAL INTERVIEWERS SHALL LOOK CLOSELY AT YOUR SITE / PAGE / ANY AND ALL
You shall need to carry out some research to get names and dates correct, and to remember what happened
in what appears to be an unexpected gap or two in your timeline. Any old class diaries or personal diaries would be useful sources. Not only could they give you facts you need, they could
also spark memories of projects in which you were engaged, that you really enjoyed, and in which you did well. If you still have blanks, ask former
classmates and members from your various groups and teams, what they can remember from a specific period.
for any reason, you had a longish period of absence from school, approach an approachable teacher or the Career Guidance Officer to get help with managing it.)
Much of this information will not see the light of day, but the exercise in researching your own achievements is useful for
boosting your confidence, and any nugget of information may be of use as an example in an interview situation. These nuggets make you memorable.
It is a good idea to mention an activity or particular project which you enjoyed.
It gives the reader a clue to your personality. Plus, of course, enjoying work makes one more attentive to it!
Starting with the most recent and work back, and dating the periods you attended any schools etc, give the official name of the school(s), college(s), academies,
plus email details for Year Tutor, or Head Teacher / Principal (use the correct title for each school). The full official name of the establishment and a relevant contact email address,
or the website address, are sufficient information.
Fit in your
extra curricula pastimes by date, as this would help a reader of your CV grasp your level of activity at any given period.
ACHIEVEMENTS and QUALIFICATIONS
you have a full, clean, driving licence?
List any achievements in individual competition, for example ~ boxing, handball, judo, karate, swimming, chess, snooker, pool, bridge, billiards, gaming, BMX, singing, acting, backgammon, water sports,
gymnastics, model building, skiing, athletics, photography, creative writing, poetry, or journalism, creative design, film or video work.
Also list being chosen for
group activities such as a GAA, camoige, football, rowing, boxing, basketball, cricket, rugby, or any team, and mention if you ever were, or are, a captain or vice-captain of any team or group, both within the School and outside the School. Mention if any
of your teams entered competitions, which should be listed, and say how far your team got in the competitions. 'Taking part' is always considered very important, so never leave out a competition just because you did not win!
Mention if you were ever awarded the title “Outstanding Player”, “Outstanding Effort”,
“Most Improved”, for any games or other activities you take part in.
Mention if you are, or ever have been, a member of Scouting Ireland, the Sea Scouts, Girl Guides, or other such organisations. List badges you have earned, and the positions of responsibility you have held, plus any volunteer work you do / did with your Organisation. Keep this very
short, with bullet points and a small font.
Are you a member of the Reserve Defence Forces? Give your length of service and rank, and any details of specific service with the Regulars, at home or overseas, which would show your leaderships skills, initiative,
and other attributes. Display your knowledge of what it is to rely on your comrades, and they on you, in dangerous situations. A Letter of Reference from your Commanding Officer would be gold!
Have you ever been a member of the Red Cross / Order of Malta / St John’s Ambulance
Corps? What rank have you attained? Have you attended matches or concerts, and other events, in one of the above capacities? Have in mind, for an interview, a detail
of an incident where you showed a cool head and leadership, or used your skills to work on an injured person while waiting for an ambulance. This would be a nugget!
Were you nominated for the President's
"Gaisge" Awards? Did you receive an Award? Give brief details.
List achievements attained by you in a personal capacity and / or as part of a team, connected with your School, or with any other organisation. ‘Young
Person of the Year Award’, etc. Outline why you were so honoured. Keep it brief.
Name any award(s) you received, as voted for by your classmates, for example, ‘Outstanding Class Member’, marking you out as an especially helpful, caring, and considerate class member.
An award given by your peers is particularly significant, as they know you best, and so such an award is extremely valuable and important.
Also mention if you are, or ever have been, a member of the School Debating Team, or if you are part of a School activity, such as the Choir (for example
singing at Communion and Confirmation or other Religious Ceremonies for School students or the local community), or a Band, or Drama Group: mention if you have ever performed in public, when and where. List any reviewers, or published reviews or
critiques you received. Keep it pithy!
Mention if you ever entered the ‘BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition’, ‘Foróige’ games, “Feiseanna”, etc, or any other national and local
Taking part, the
effort required, and giving up your personal time to enter such competitions, is highly regarded.
Always mention competitions
you have entered, even if you did not make it to the podium. Taking part is an indication of your ability to commit to a project, and to work alone or
Mention if you are, or ever have been voted for as a Class Representative, or onto the Student Council.
Are you interested in any type of social action, environmental issues, equality issues, animal welfare? List, if you
wish to, if you are a member of Amnesty International Ireland, St Vincent de Paul, the Simon Community, or any such welfare or charitable organisation, and mention if you volunteer with any of them. Some of us like to keep our lives compartmentalised,
and there is no need for you give all information about yourself.
Please do NOT mention membership or support of any particular political party, or support for a political issue with a big P. This is not to stifle
your self-expression, but to avoid possibily antagonising a potential interviewer.
In any case, your political beliefs are your own business.
In the case of Amnesty International Ireland, some members become involved in petitioning and letter writing to and on behalf of Prisoners of Conscience, please mention this, only if you wish to, keeping it brief.
Have you ever ridden and / or cared for horses or ponies? Did you enter any competitions or win any prizes?
you help, or have ever helped, train children or young people, list the name and address of the group / team, and give the name(s) of the supervisor / coach, plus give brief details of the training you undertook, and name it, if a recognised style of learning
You may have gained qualifications without being aware of this. You may have had to get a Garda Clearance before
becoming involved in working with children, young people, or vulnerable members of society. Be sure to mention your Garda Clearance ~ this is proof of your clean record.
Also, if you have ever volunteered in any capacity, officially or unofficially, for any length of time, mention the organisation and what you did for it, naming a supervisor(s), and contact details, having got permission.
Do you have a Red Cross / Order of Malta / St John’s Ambulance First Aid Certificate?
Have you done a CPR course?
Have you done a Fire Safety course?
Do you have Swimming / Life Guard qualifications?
been trained to use a Defibrillator?
What other thoughts do you have for addition to this section?
Work does NOT have to involve being paid.
If you help an elderly neighbour regularly by mowing his lawn, or collect shopping for another neighbour, or do any neighbourly acts for
family and locals, make sure to mention them. Do you shovel snow off the footpath for your family and your neighbours?
Do you get a neighbour's house keys in order to feed the family cat and make sure the water bowl is kept fresh, and any other related jobs, while
the family goes on holidays ~ consider it. You do realise that this family has confidence in your diligence that you will care for their beloved cat for the holidays, know you are trustworthy enough to have free access to their entire house and all their
belongings, and won't have a party there while they are away. These people are showing considerable trust and confidence in you and believe you to be a reliable person. That's a considerable vote for you. Now, think about other jobs / chores
you undertake and consider in what light they show you bearing in mind the above.
might be quite surprized!
If you take part, in any way, in the “Tidy Towns” Competition as a volunteer, or do any work in a
Youth Club, outline your contributions very briefly.
Mention briefly if you have ever worked at childcare (which would also involve looking after
members of your own family, as well as others), worked in a shop, or filling station, during school holidays or at weekends, list the official names, for example, 'Walsh's Supervalu Churchtown, Dublin' plus email
details, having asked first for permission to use them.
Have you ever taken a neighbour’s dog for walks, or fed, washed, groomed, and taken
care of neighbours’ cats and dogs when they went on holidays, or if the weather was too cold for the neighbour to go out?
you / did you work with any member of your family, or friend of the family, on a casual basis?
List responsibilities carried out, for example, dealing with customers and / or suppliers, taking payments and giving change, being in charge of the till, counting takings, stock
keeping ~ keeping any products or materials topped up.
Think carefully about all the things you do, or have done,
and consider how you could include these activities in your list of contributions to your community.
These are all positions of responsibility and care, where people have displayed trust in your abilities, and in your integrity.
TAKE THEM AND YOUR ENGAGEMENT IN THEM SERIOUSLY.
INTERESTS and PASTIMES
Cinema ~ Give a list of your favourite films, film directors,
actors and actresses, and the types or genres of film you like best. Be ready to discuss what going to the cinema and what films mean to you.
Favourite Sports / Teams ~ Participation and viewing. Give
a list, including the sports you play, your most admired athletes: if you attend games or matches, possibly supporting a local or national team. Mention if you are a member of a supporters’ club, be ready to
describe the highs and lows, and the benefits, of watching and / or playing.
Music - Do you enjoy music? Do you play any instruments? Do you play in a band?
If yes to any of these, talk about the pleasure you get from playing, and if you have passed any music exams, list them here and under ACHIEVEMENTS and QUALIFICATIONS. List the music artists you admire, why, their influence on
your work, and mention some of their works. Have you ever performed in public ~ be it at a School Concert or a 'Battle of the Bands'? Be ready to say what was it like?
Be ready to speak concisely on your engagement in music.
Arts and Drama - If you are interested in Arts or Drama, give details
of the plays you have seen, your favourite playwrights: plays in which you took part ~ list the play, author and the part you played. If you worked on the scenery or behind the scenes, including costumes and acting as prompter, also mention that, and
describe what is involved. Mention any roles you may have had in advertisements, television and film productions; describe the experience and what you learnt about the process. An interest in the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, installations,
photography, street art, should be mentioned. Name some of your favourite visual artists, and why you admire them - be ready to discuss their appeal to you.
If you take part in any of these artistic pursuits, mention it, and be ready to describe the process and the sense of achievement. Include the name of any Arts, Drama, Photography, etc, club(s) of which you are a member.
Literature - Who are your favourite authors, and why? What genres of books do you enjoy most? List some your favourite books, saying what you enjoy about them, and what you admire in the writing styles. Do
you write? Have you submitted work to School magazines or any other publications? Have you entered work in local or national competitions? If you have been published, be ready to talk about how it felt to see your work in print.
One never knows the interests of an interviewer, so if you list Literature, be ready to discuss, and show knowledge of authors, styles, eras, fiction and non-fiction.
Gaming - Are
you interested in gaming, and do you compete? If yes, list your highest scores in various games, and the sense of achievement you experienced. Do not mention that you play to 04.00 some mornings, over night.
Please do NOT mention gambling, either online or otherwise, this is NOT a Pastime, it
is a habit. Currently, people are being turning down for mortgages and loans because they have debits on their account(s) to gambling companies. Be careful.
Are you a member of a faith group? Do you take part
in religious ritual that you are happy to tell other people about? For example, in a Church Choir, or work in the Community. This may be another matter you choose to keep to yourself.
List any other interests. Do you collect rare stamps ~ for example, have you ever made a spectacular purchase for a low
price, based on your indepth knowledge and keen eye? Are you interested in ornithology or astronomy?
One never knows what might click with an interviewer!
THOUGHTS ON YOUR LIFE AND EXPERIENCES
Think about your life carefully, and what parts of it are particularly meaningful to you.
If an interest is unusual, all the
better. Everything that helps spark interest in you on the part of educational institutions or potential employers, will help make you memorable.
Your interests are integral parts of your life,
and so belong in your Curriculum Vitae ~ Latin for the Course of Life.
You are endeavouring to show the reader(s) of your Curriculum Vitae that you are an active, interested, engaged, sociable,
and socially aware young person; possibly carrying out voluntary work; following sporting or other activities; outside your School, as well as with your School, or whatever your current situation is.
Ask family, friends, and teachers, to make suggestions as to your positive attributes,
or skills you have, and to recall some of your outstanding achievements, contributions to school projects, or incidents of taking on the responsibility of helping other students. Very
few of us can see ourselves with 20 / 20 Vision. You may be pleasantly surprised at the suggestions and memories people come up with.
Going into deep details listing your experiences, achievements, contributions, attributes, etc, is NOT A WASTE OF TIME. You need to recall all these facts about yourself in order to give
your CV a unique, personal, slant. When you are on top of your information, the CV you produce will be a segment of you ~ and very memorable!
This is your opportunity
to show off your unique life experiences, and how you have benefited from them, or overcome them. List a personal project you may have taken on and how you found managing all the elements. List your strengths, skills, achievements, and
attributes, along with your passions, general interests and pastimes.
Do not be shy, if you know
it is true, put it down.
No-one else can write about you with such a deep knowledge of you.