This week in the Central School blog we help you get a job in Ireland with some tips on how to write your Curriculum Vitae (CV).

A lot of students travel to Dublin to find work while they improve their English. Other students travel to Ireland to improve their English because they plan to work for a multinational organisation sometime in the future.

If you are working in Dublin, or hoping to get a job in Ireland or coming to English classes to improve your English so that you can find a job with an English speaking company in the future, we hope that this blog might help you to write a good C.V.

In a nutshell, writing a Curriculum Vitae is to get you to an interview. A CV is a short account of your career. Each job is different and looks for different skills and experience so what you leave out of your CV is just as important as what you put into it.

Sometimes students tell us that they don’t know if they are coming or going when they are trying to get a job in Ireland. Often, the information that is necessary for a European C.V is not necessary for an Irish C.V. With this in mind, here are a few tips on what to include in your CV.

What should your CV cover?

Your CV should cover four important areas:

Contact Information

You should include your name, address, date of birth, Irish contact phone number, Irish address and e mail address.

Education

You should set out your education in reverse chronological order (that means backwards!). You should write down any third level institutions and secondary school you attended. If you have done any courses during your career you should write these down in order of their relevance to the job that you are applying for and in chronological order (with the most recent course put first)

Career, technical and business skills summary

The career summary is the most important part of your CV. You are expected to sum up your career up to now and to give information about what you want to achieve during your career. You should try to keep this part of your CV brief and write your summary in about 30 words.

Work experience and achievements

In this section of your CV you should give a list of your previous employers, what you did when you were employed there and when you were employed there.

You should also include some information about how you did the work you were employed to do – what skills, technologies etc. did you use during this work?

Important tips to remember when writing your CV

  • It should be easy to read
  • You should use a spell checker to check for spelling mistakes
  • You should use the active voice eg. I managed/ I developed etc..
  • You should use short and clear sentences
  • You should change your CV each time you apply for a new job

You should not:

  • You should not use a lot of bold text
  • You should not use a lot of bullets and numbering

Get a job in Ireland:English practice

Idioms

In a nutshell: to describe something using the fewest possible words

Not know if I’m coming or going: to be in a confused state

Phrasal Verbs

Look for: To hope for/ expect something

Leave out: To omit/ fail to include something

Put into: To include something

Set out: To put in a specific position/ organise in a specific manner

Write down: To write something on a piece of paper

Complete the following sentences to practice the idioms and phrasal verbs from above

Jane ______________________ her clothes that she wanted to wear to the interveiew the next day on her bed.

Mark _______________________ the phone number on a piece of paper but he can’t find it now.

How was the movie? ________________________ – it was terrible!!

James ____________________his opinion of the new political arrangement __________________ his essay. His professor gave him a very good mark and said that the essay was very well written.

When the teacher tried to explain the new grammar some of the students didn’t know _______________________________. Then the teacher explained it again and everyone could understand.

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