What Information Should Be Included in a CV?

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What Information Should Be Included in a CV?

A CV or Curriculum Vitae is intended to provide prospective employers with a comprehensive picture of a person’s skills, achievements, education and experience while also touching on any honours, awards, publications or other items that might burnish a person’s standing with HR. Without an impressive CV, a person’s chances of obtaining a position that could advance their career are slim. In this post, the team at Triumph Consultants take a close look at what information should be included in a CV.

Length of a CV and What to Include

Unlike the standard single-page resume, most experts agree the ideal length for a CV is two pages. Any less and the candidate will not be able to effectively make their case. Any more, and it’s unlikely anyone will read the whole thing. Those two pages should include:

  • Contact information.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Work experience.
  • A list of any honours, awards or other types of recognition.
  • Additional information touching on interests, hobbies and the like.

Breaking Down the Sections of a CV

Section 1: Contact information

This section is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure to include your full name and address, phone number and email address along with any social media handles you think might help. Do NOT include your date of birth, current business contact information or a photograph (unless specifically asked to).

Section 2: Personal statement

The Personal Statement is a short paragraph describing what you believe you bring to the job in question. Keep the statement brief, use a confident voice and stay positive from beginning to end. You might also add a few words that indicate you are familiar with the company in question.

Section 3: Your work experience

This section should include information about past employment that, ideally, suggests why you are the right person for the job in question. If you are applying for a public sector job, stress your previous public sector experience, if any. Work experience should be limited to the previous 15 years and each entry should include company info, when you worked there, your title and any notable achievements.

Section 4: Education

The education section should start with your most recent academic achievements and backtrack in chronological order to the oldest. Include the type of degree or degrees you hold, your field of concentration and notable academic achievements, with an emphasis on any that may be relevant to the job in question.

Section 5: Additional information

This section is optional and is normally used by candidates to provide information about themselves that helps make the case that they are the right person for the job. People applying for public sector jobs might want to use this section to highlight volunteer work they have done, to point out their high level of cross-cultural awareness or to highlight their problem-solving abilities.


The goal of the CV is to paint a compelling picture of a job candidate using that person’s education, skills and work experience. It should be both succinct and comprehensive and focus on things that suggest the candidate is the right person for the job in question.

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