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:

» 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.
» CAREER HISTORY or WORK EXPERIENCE, starting with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate.
» ACHIEVEMENTS from previous jobs that is relevant. This can be 1 line per each WORK EXPERIENCE entry.
» 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.
» INTERESTS or OTHER SKILLS, if they are relevant and especially if the skills or teamwork concerned are relevant for the job.
» Any extra information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties.
» 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).