Your CV represents you. It is your first impression and the only way for you to let prospective employers know just how good you are.
When sending your CV, unless told not to you should include a covering letter. In this letter you should explain which vacancy you are applying for, where you have seen the vacancy advertised and an overview of why you should be considered. But don't just repeat all the information that's in your CV. If you are sending a speculative CV, write a short note explaining what kind of position you are interested in.
Once you have got your content you need to arrange it into a cohesive structure. Take a look at the example structure we suggest.
Depending on the type of job you are applying for it may be necessary to emphasize different sections of your CV, so don't expect to use the same CV for every job you apply for. You should edit it and refine the way it looks for different job applications.
For example, if applying for a job where your academic reference is important, list your qualifications and grades. If your field of work is less formal, a summary of qualifications and any vocational training that you have received may be more relevant.
Finally, be concise. The people you are sending your CV to are very busy. Always restrict it to a maximum of 2 sheets of A4. This does not mean that you have to leave things out, but it does require you to be brief and to the point.
A long CV may seem impressive but unnecessary.
Ensure it is always typed and check for spelling mistakes.
Make sure your CV is easy to read and professional looking, tempting as it might be, avoid the use of gimmicks, elaborate typefaces and fancy designs.
Always print on white paper never photocopy.
Find out the right person to send the CV to. If it goes to the wrong person it may just end up in the bin.
A CV is a confidential document, so post it or email it. Don't fax it unless it's very urgent and you are specifically asked to.
Don't be disheartened if the first CV you send out doesn't get you far. As with most job applications, there is some luck involved.