Your CV is one of the most important things you can write. It is a key part in the job application process and needs to convey to an employer why they should invite you for that all important interview. YOUR CV SELLS YOU AND YOUR SKILLS. Your CV needs to contain the obvious details about you, and it is essential to include information that highlights WHY you and your skill set are right for the job you are applying for. Example: if you are applying for a role that needs a Geologist to conduct Site Investigations such as Trial pits or Borehole logging, it is important to highlight specific modules or courses you have undertaken that demonstrate your knowledge or interest in areas relevant to the job spec.Interviewers and recruiters on average have in excess of 30-40 applicants per job. It is therefore essential to make your CV stand out given employers will spend an average of 10-15 seconds reading each CV. Example: the first thing a recruiter or employer will need to read is something about your skills rather than your name and contact details. A synopsis of a few lines about you first at the top of your CV is more important than your address or date or birth: "A BSc qualified Geologist with a passion for Site Investigation, Geotechnical design and contaminated land projects, seeking a role in an SI contracting or consulting environment". It is important to provide your full contact details, including home and mobile phone numbers. Also provide your email address as recruiters and employers may contact you in writing should they not be able to reach you by phone. If you have a full car driving licence and car include this as well. List your qualifications starting with the highest, i.e. your BSc/MSc first then follow on to your A Levels. It is not required to go back any further than this. As mentioned, listing key modules or courses, including field trips, relevant to the type of job you are applying for is a good way to show employers that you have the right skills for the job. Work History: Again with this section employers are keen to see what you have done and where it may be relevant to the job you have applied for. If you have work experience that promotes you for the role mention it first. Example: Relevant work experience: 01/07/07 - 30/11/07 Volunteer placement with Soil Mechanics shadowing a Geologist conducting Soil & Rock Logging, Window Sampling and Trial Pitting on a new roads scheme in Hampshire. Responsible for writing borehole logs as part of daily duties. You can then follow with your full work history, set out with the most recent job first, then work backwards in reverse chronological order. Again it is important to sell yourself - highlight positions and responsibilities and achievements! Following on from this section, it is very important to tell potential employers about your achievements in life your non curricular activities. This helps provide a well rounded picture of you as a person and what you find of interest outside of your academic studies. Finally, you can provide if you wish the contact details for two referees. One should be an academic contact and one from within a working environment if possible. If not, two academic referees will be suitable. Point to Note: KEEP YOUR CV TO TWO PAGES. This is important as potential employers will not want to, or will have the time to read through long documents. When writing you CV keep it in either first person OR the third person, don't use both! Use a font and point size that are easily legible. Employers and recruiters want to read CVs without struggling to make out what has been written!ALWAYS SPELL CHECK AND READ YOUR CV FOR MISTAKES. GET SOMEONE ELSE TO READ IT AS WELL!