Make Use of Additional Sections for Added Impact

Your layout is perfect, your format is brilliant, and your work experience, skills and education sections are sorted. The problem is there are dozens of other CVs just like yours sitting on the hiring manager’s desk and you’ve got to find a way of standing out. You can do that with additional CV sections, they’re the interview winning icing on the cake.

As with writing other CV sections, your choice here depends on what stage you’re at in your career and relevancy to the job being applied for. The aim is always the same though. Use additional CV sections to show you have skills, knowledge or experience that will make you the solution to the hiring manager’s problems.

Here are some examples of additional CV sections:

Hobbies and Interests: 

Don’t just rush straight in and list trainspotting and beer mat collecting. Make sure it’s relevant to the job and company in question. Obviously team sports would demonstrate team work but chess could also be a great choice as it demonstrates strategic thinking and analysis.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Tighthead Prop for Gloucester Tigers in Gloucester 2 North league
  • Mentor for CFA UK Mentoring Programme

Conferences:

Being an attendee or speaker at conferences shows off keen interest and expert knowledge in your field. It’s a great way of adding some flair to your CV that wouldn’t fit in other sections.

Conferences

  • Guest speaker: 2018 Housing Market Intelligence Conference.
  • Future of Housing Conference: 2014–2019

Awards:

Whether internal or external, recognition of your talents is a valuable addition to your CV. Simply say what the award was for, the year received and who awarded it.

Awards

  • Key member of silver medal winning team, UK Customer Experience Awards 2019

Volunteering:

Contributing your time unpaid shows motivation and a desire to contribute to society. It’s also a valuable form of work experience in itself. If it’s directly related to your industry then even better, but any form of volunteer work is well worth including on your CV.

Volunteering

  • Pro bono work for The Law Centres Network

Add examples like these and it’s not just icing on the cake. It’s Great British Bake Off winning! Here are some more ideas to get you inspired.

Languages:

Speaking a foreign language is a curriculum vitae superpower. Language skills are needed at all levels in the workforce so if you’ve got them, include them. Simply state the language followed by your proficiency. There’s no hard and fast rules, you could class your competency as:

  • Basic or beginner
  • Conversational or intermediate
  • Advanced or proficient
  • Fluent or native speaker

Here’s how listing a language would look on your CV.

Languages

  • French—fluent

Additional CV Sections- Examples:

  • Publications
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Associations
  • Projects
  • Certifications and licenses

Pro Tip: One last thing—always proofread. Use Grammarly or ask a friend to check your CV for typos. You wouldn’t like to miss out on a job, because the hiring manager spots the typo.