A Curriculum Vitae is your personal marketing material. It indicates to a prospective employer why you are a potential candidate for a particular position. In common with all sectors the sports industry has many people vying for each role, so irrespective of whether you are senior or junior , making your application stand out from the rest is vital.
Below are some tips to follow when writing your CV.
What to Include
In general, the following information should be included in your CV:
- Contact Details
- Education and Professional Qualifications
- Work Experience, which should show the company name, the dates you worked there, your main responsibilities and any accomplishments achieved
- Referees details or a line saying references are available upon request
- For senior candidates, a brief personal profile (4/6 lines) at the beginning of the document is recommended.
Highlight relevant experience for each job
Try and highlight any experience you have that directly relates to specific responsibilities of the advertised position
Layout and Length
Try and keep your CV to 2 or 3 pages and write your duties for each role in bullet points.
Include a cover letter
A cover letter should be sent with your application to support why you are applying for the role. The cover letter is often the first thing the prospective employer or recruiter will read so it is your first chance to impress. The letter should be brief, less than a page, but should include the reasons why you think you are suitable for the job with examples of how you meet the competencies required. A unique cover letter should be written for each application as it is likely that every role will have a different emphasis.
Avoid Spelling Mistakes
Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are one way to get yourself a “Dear John” letter. Spelling mistakes are inexcusable and can be interpreted as showing a lack of judgment and attention to detail. Always make sure to check for these before sending off a CV and don’t rely on your spellcheck to pick them all up – it won’t
Choose your adjectives with care.
Don’t over gild the lily. For example, do not say you have ‘vast’ experience of a certain function, when you only have two or three years work experience – chances are you do not yet have what is actually considered to be vast experience!
Photo or Not ?
That’s really up to you. A photo can help the reader remember you but be careful, you don’t want someone to judge ‘the book by the cover’. So if using a photo make sure it is an appropriate picture.
Fill in the gaps
Do not leave gaps in your CV – if there was a year where you were out of work/travelling etc., state it in your CV. Don’t leave the reader with unanswered questions.
List your interests as it provides the employer with a more complete picture of you. Only list real interests however as you may be asked in detail about them.