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Preparing your CV

Preparing your CV

No matter what stage you are at in your careers, whether you are just starting out as a graduate or you are a veteran of agribusiness, it is always a good idea to have an updated, relevant CV prepared. You never know what type of opportunities may present themselves or situation you may find yourself in, jobs-wise.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your CV so it markets you and your skills in the best possible way.

What to include in your CV
A CV that is easy to read will be attractive to an employer. If your CV presents pertinent information in a logical format, employers will find it quick and easy to gather relevant information about you.

The following categories can help you plan and format your CV in an effective manner. These are common CV categories, which can be given more or less emphasis according to the nature of the post and organisation. The list is not exhaustive, and some categories can be combined, or omitted

  • personal information
  • career goal or personal profile
  • education and qualifications
  • employment and work experience
  • achievements
  • skills
  • interests and activities
  • awards/prizes
  • publications
  • languages
  • professional organisations
  • other information
  • referees

Common errors in CVs
Untrue information- while you can put a spin on your CV to emphasize your experience by using strong, positive language, do not include anything that is untrue.
Spelling errors and typos- incorrect spelling or grammar may make it easy for an employer to pass over you as a candidate, particularly if there is strong competition for a job. Errors can show apathy and lack of attention to detail. Make sure to check you CV thoroughly and ask someone else to read it over also.
Language- the language you use in you CV will influence how easy it is for an employer to read it. While it is fine to use complex terms and language suited to the agri sector when the role is technical, make sure the terms are relevant. It also seen as polite to provide a full description of abbreviations and acronyms’ that may not be widely known. The language you use should be easily understood and neither confuse or irritate the reader. Keep things simple and clear.

CV Checklist
How does your completed CV measure up against this checklist?

  • My name and contact details are clearly stated at the head of the page.
  • The information is accurate and truthful.
  • The CV is targeted to the job.
  • The important facts are prioritised and the most important supporting evidence is prominent.
  • It is clear, easy to read and pleasing to the eye.
  • It creates the right impression. (Use good quality neutral coloured paper and don't fold or staple it.)
  • It only includes relevant information that supports the application.
  • I have demonstrated all my relevant skills, both transferable and subject related.
  • I have given evidence for every claim I have made about myself.
  • The CV is interesting to read, and flows in a logical order.
  • The spelling and grammar are correct and have been checked and double checked.
  • There are no typos.
  • Someone else has checked for errors.