Curriculum Vitae literally means "direction of life" and is your first opportunity to impress a potential employer.
When a vacancy is advertised a candidate specification is created, identifying the skills and experience required for the role. During the selection process the CVs will be reviewed to see how closely they match the person specification, in an attempt to find the most suitable candidate possible.
These days agencies and employers are receiving hundreds of CVs for each role so it is vital that your CV and covering letter stand out from the crowd.
A well written CV will be something that paints a picture of you, whilst detailing achievements and future aspirations to get you that all important interview.