How to properly structure your professional CV:

Forget about how overly qualified and perfect you are for a specific position, if your CV is a flop then your chances of getting that position can be hugely jeopardised. So, in a nutshell, your CV presentation is just as important as what it contains. 

Cover Letter
The whole trick to a cover letter is to personalise it to the person or the company you are sending your CV to. It’s far better than just creating a very generalised one and sending it off to as many job offers and companies as you can. Address them by name for the best results to show you care and know how to do your research. 

Personal Details
Be sure to include all of the relevant personal details your employer or recruiter may require to get a good understanding of you and to get hold if you if they need to. Include details like: Full Name – Cell Number – Email Address – etc. 

Educational Background & Qualifications
List all of these details from the most recent down – start with your tertiary education and qualifications, then any smaller courses completed and, lastly, a few details regarding the high school which you attended and any other relevant achievements.

Work Experience
List your work experience in reverse chronological order, same as your education. Start with the company you are currently working or, if you are currently unemployed, the most recent company at which you were employed. List the names of the companies, the date that you were hired and that you left, and a short summary of your roles there and skills gained.

Special Skills
Any special skills (Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, Coding, etc.) relevant to the position should be listed here.

It would be wise to include a list of two to three references (include each person’s full name, his / her relationship to you, as well as his / her phone number and / or email address).

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