How to write a successful CV before applying for a job


A good curriculum vitae - or CV - is vital when looking for work in Iraq, especially when there are numerous candidates for the same job, so what should it contain?

Please note the following:

·     There is no perfect template to write your CV, and each sector may require a different emphasis on a different aspect of the content, such as career history or qualifications.

·     The CV should be short and does not exceed more than A4 pages, unless you are quite senior in your speciality.

·     The CV should be positive, stressing achievements and strengths, and make a good impression in a clear and positive way. The reader should take not more than 50 second to build a profile about your skillset.

·     In addition to the basic information in the CV such name, address, age, social media presence, you will need to include the following:


  1. PERSONAL PROFILE or Executive SUMMARY which sells yourself and your qualities, tailored towards the job you are applying for. This should be no more than 3 to 4 lines.
  2. CAREER HISTORY or WORK EXPERIENCE, starting with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate.
  3. ACHievements from previous jobs that is relevant. This can be 1 line per each WORK EXPERIENCE entry.
  4. Qualifications/EDUCATION and TRAINING from previous jobs, with the most recent first. You will need to provide details of the University or Institute along with the SUBJECTS and FINAL YEAR PROJECT.
  5. Interests or OTHER SKILLS, if they are relevant and especially if the skills or teamwork concerned are relevant for the job.
  6. Any extra information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties.
  7. LANGUAGES, you need to prove that you can speak, read and write good English. Also mention if you have different language such as Russian, Chinese, etc (very popular languages).

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