The Extended CV is a full record, in effect a database, of all your skills and achievements. It is a personal achievement document which records everything you have achieved in terms of education, experience, skills and CPD. If possible you should take time every few months to update your Extended CV and in this way you will always have an up-to-date list and will be less likely to forget your achievements and activities over time.
What Should an Extended CV Contain?
|Name||Pat Mills||Specify male or female if the name is ambiguous|
|Full Postal Address||14 Palmerston Road,
|Remember to include the postcode|
|Telephone Number||+44 (0)20 8661 4900||It is useful to include country codes for international applications|
|Mobile Number||07999 999999||Make sure the answering service greeting is appropriate|
|eMail Addressfirstname.lastname@example.org||Make sure the email address is current|
|LinkedIn Address||Your LinkedIn Profile||If you have a LinkedIn profile or page it is suitable for a job search. Networking and job search are the primary purpose for joining LinkedIn.|
Personal Mission Statement
Like a corporate mission statement, your Personal Mission Statement defines the basic direction of your career. It helps you focus on what matters most to you.
Describe the learning outcomes you have gained from your studies and list a few modules. You may also include details of your dissertation or major projects that you have completed.
For each job list the tasks that you undertook but most importantly describe significant achievements and how you made a difference. Make sure you include temporary and voluntary work.
Information Technology Skills
List your IT skills. Include software packages or databases you may have used e.g. spreadsheet packages, specialist databases
List your language skills and degree of verbal and written fluency.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
In this section, describe the activities that have contributed to your CPD. They could include training courses, workshops, seminars, masterclasses and conferences. Make sure to highlight any contributions you have made to these events.
List current memberships to professional associations such as the Institute of Hospitality. Membership of a professional body shows a commitment and enthusiasm for a career in the sector, which can set you apart from colleagues or job competitors.
This section gives you the opportunity to record details of your published work, such as articles in magazines and professional or academic journals.
Positions of Responsibility
In this section, emphasise skills that have been gained through extra-curricular activities (e.g. captain of a sports team, membership in a club or society, voluntary work). List the posts, describe your roles and the skills you developed.
Awards and Prizes
This is a category in which to list your awards and prizes, e.g. the Young Manager’s Award, a Research Paper prize, etc.
Make sure to include all academic, work-related and character referees. Give the referee’s name, contact details and their relationship to you. Make sure their permission is obtained first.
Future Aims and Development
- 3-6 Months – Think about short-term goals that are easily achieved but will also help move you towards your longer-term goals.
- 6-12 Months – Capture specific plans that may take up to a year to accomplish.
- Beyond 12 Months – Visualise success in areas you may have little control over. Be realistic but don’t be afraid to write down a desired goal that may be a stretch.
- Long-term Goals – This is the area to think out for the next 3-5 years, including life beyond the company or situation you are currently in. If you decide later that you do not want to go ahead with any of your long-term goals, you should remove them off the plan.
- Opportunities to explore within your organisation – List all the training opportunities currently available within your own work organisation. Include opportunities that might be available through professional associations and networking.
- Skills to Develop – Project what skills you need to develop to attain your goals.
- Personal Goals – Don’t forget your personal goals. Write these down as a reminder of work/life balance and of the things that are really important to you as a person.
Illustrating Your Achievements
Content – When describing a job, stress your achievements and how you made a difference. Avoid simply listing activities.
Language – When you list your achievements, pay attention to the words you use.
The words listed below are examples of good “power” words:
Overcame, controlled, applied, presented, attracted, contributed, improved, guided, persuaded, investigated, transformed, supervised, achieved, managed, defeated, founded, led, modified, analysed, conducted, helped, completed, introduced, illustrated, enlarged, delivered, eliminated, instigated, initiated, specialised, coordinated, implemented, proved, compiled, finalised, outlined, developed, reorganised, engineered, created, established, expanded, trained, built, utilised, demonstrated, headed, selected, discovered, won, overhauled, directed, enjoyed, repaired, organised, designed, simplified, accomplished, constructed, monitored.
Words that can boost the power even more include :
Quickly, competently, effectively, assertively, successfully, resourcefully, positively, energetically, rapidly, capably, cooperatively, enthusiastically, carefully, efficiently, selectively, responsibly, decisively, consistently, creatively, flexibly.
Order of information – Present information in reverse chronological order. Start with what you are doing now and work backwards.
Length – As the Extended CV must include everything you have ever done, there is no length limitation.
Style – Use bullet points rather than long narratives.
Clarity – Make sure spelling, grammar and syntax are correct. Do not use jargon.