How to Write a CV: Other Information
Updated: May 5, 2020
This is free CV advice that is easy to apply and will strengthen a CV in identifiable and meaningful ways. It goes beyond a lot of the generic CV advice you may have already seen by offering hints and tips you probably haven't thought of or considered before.
This is the seventh and final article in the series and focuses on Other Information.
· Related: How to write a CV: Contact Details
· Related: How to write a CV: Personal Statement
· Related: How to write a CV: Key Skills
· Related: How to write a CV: Key Achievements
· Related: How to write a CV: Employment History
Other Information can simply be an additional section, often at the end of a CV, but don’t think of it purely in that capacity. Consider any information that may be of interest to a potential employer that hasn’t already been covered or that can help build the picture of what you would be bringing to a role.
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Think beyond Hobbies and Interests
Other information isn’t just what you spend your time doing outside of work so don’t feel that you just have to list hobbies and interests. It may also be language skills, licenses, accreditations, awards or achievements. Also don’t feel you have to provide an impressive list of pastimes. Not everyone has them and they aren’t the only way to demonstrate personality or capability so don’t add an additional section for hobbies and interests just for the sake of it if it doesn’t add value.
Use in moderation
The benefit of providing other information beyond employment history and qualifications is that it can create personal connection with the reader. Having shared interests for example can be engaging, but the opposite can also be true if your interests and passions aren’t shared and you have emphasised them too much. The reader can ask more about them in interview and can be a good conversation to have in that context so you don’t have to cover every detail on your CV. Cover enough to show value through the level of achievement, relevance to the role or the implied attributes that can be inferred from it, but save anything beyond that for a cover letter, application or interview.
Consider the perspective of the reader. What is it about you that would be of interest to them? What type of company are they? What is their culture like? How does the role sit within that company and how would you contribute to that? With those questions in mind, work through your CV again, threading in emphasis on the aspects that would create connection or demonstrate implied or inferred traits that would connect with their requirements. For example emphasise teamwork through giving details of previous teams you have worked in or referencing hobbies that require this. If corporate responsibility and company values are important to you, emphasise how your previous roles offered that or point to it in your personal statement or your outside interests. These subtle connections will really strengthen your CV.
Good luck writing your CV and getting your personality and personal attributes across in a subtle and impactful way.
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