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Curriculum Vitae

  • 17-08-2022 9:59pm
    Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 75,178 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    Hi there,

    I'm trying to help a friend of mine with her CV, but the last time I did up mine was almost 20 years ago, when putting age or DOB was still required, as was a photo.

    Is there any format I should be following, these days?


    PS: Apologies if this is in the wrong place - if it is, I'd be grateful if it could be moved, please.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,857 ✭✭✭Pissy Missy

    This is the format I use and I get interviews so I like to think I'm not going too wrong. Also I used to put in my photo but decided to leave it out and it hasn't made much of a difference I think.



    Home Address:






    Primary School:

    Secondary School

    Third Level:



    Certification/Further Education/Training/Volunteering:


    Job - MM/YY - MM/YY

    Position and duties -


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 75,178 Mod ✭✭✭✭New Home

    So, same as my old version, basically.

    I thought the DOB could be omitted (discrimination, etc), like marital status, etc. Can anyone corroborate?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,009 ✭✭✭stargazer 68

    You don't need to put DOB on it. But recruiters can usually work out a rough age anyway by exam dates.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,784 ✭✭✭This is it

    Is primary/secondary school needed? I usually only put third level and professional certs

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,705 ✭✭✭beachhead

    Never put in photo. No driving licence unless specifically required or job location is 400km from address provided

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,544 ✭✭✭AngryLips

    I would omit the home address, it takes up valuable space when a CV should be limited to two pages at most, and when was the last time a potential employer sent you anything in the post? Don't need to put references in a CV or even mention that references are available because usually references are requested these days after an interview has been conducted once a job offer is conditionally made. No need for second level qualifications if third level qualifications have been achieved. Don't put anything in the CV that opens an opportunity for discrimination by a recruiter, so no photo or DOB, sex etc. Put achievements first before responsibilities - anyone can do the job spec, what was achieved over and above what's listed in the job spec of previous jobs? Make sure the profile highlights a relevant achievement and links to a personal quality that is further evidenced throughout the rest of the CV - the CV should tell a comprehensive story. A one liner for each job about why you enjoyed the job is also sometimes effective for adding personality. Just put the graduation date of any third level course, good way of hiding repeat years - don't need to specify duration of time in uni.

  • Registered Users Posts: 69 ✭✭Ladybird25

    Give a follow to Paddyjobsman, he has a blank CV on his web that can help and lots of free advice available.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,522 ✭✭✭skimpydoo

    Add a link to a Linkedin profile as you fit more info on there than you will want to in a CV.