Help with your CV

 

Key pointers to help you write a great CV

 

Your CV is your opportunity to sell yourself to a new employer, so it is important to make it work for you. Rules for writing CVs are not set in stone but by following some simple advice your CV will appeal to the majority of interviewers.

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Here are some key points that may help you with your CV:

Keep it simple by avoiding fancy fonts.

 

At the beginning of your CV give your name, address and contact information.

 

Use sub-headings to split the information up into e.g. Profile, Key Achievements, Employment History, Education & Training / Qualifications, Hobbies, References.

 

For your Profile write a few sentences giving a brief summary of your skills, experience and personality to give employers an overall immediate impression.

 

For the Education & Training / Qualifications section, employers are usually only interested in qualifications that are relevant to your career. Include any relevant training courses you have attended.

 

Employment History should start with the most recent job. For each post you have held include: your job title, the company name and full start/end dates of employment. List your duties / key responsibilities in a bullet list format and main achievements and skills acquired but don’t ramble! If you have got a lot of work experience, think about which of it is most relevant to the job you’re applying for. For these roles, include more details and achievements and list them towards the top of your CV, you can place any extra work under “other work” nearer the bottom of your CV. Make sure you account for any gaps in your employment e.g. maternity leave, travelling etc, otherwise potential employers will be suspicious.

 

Most people put Hobbies and Interests at the bottom of the CV, but they are a great way to show off your individuality and other skills that might not be obvious from your work experience and qualifications. Try to avoid the clichéd, hobbies, such as “watching television”. Instead, include things which show that you’re a more rounded individual – such as a hobby you’re particularly passionate about, whether that’s fishing, rock climbing, photography, crafting or cooking. Maybe you’re a member of a club or organisation, that shows dedication, loyalty and team work, so include things like that too.

 

Try to keep your CV to a maximum two pages.

 

Check and double check your CV and ask someone else to check it too. Spelling mistakes can rule you out when an employer is short-listing candidates for interview.

 

Keep it simple by avoiding fancy fonts.

 

At the beginning of your CV give your name, address and contact information.

 

Use sub-headings to split the information up into e.g. Profile, Key Achievements, Employment History, Education & Training / Qualifications, Hobbies, References.

 

For your Profile write a few sentences giving a brief summary of your skills, experience and personality to give employers an overall immediate impression.

 

For the Education & Training / Qualifications section, employers are usually only interested in qualifications that are relevant to your career. Include any relevant training courses you have attended.

 

Employment History should start with the most recent job. For each post you have held include: your job title, the company name and full start/end dates of employment. List your duties / key responsibilities in a bullet list format and main achievements and skills acquired but don’t ramble! If you have got a lot of work experience, think about which of it is most relevant to the job you’re applying for. For these roles, include more details and achievements and list them towards the top of your CV, you can place any extra work under “other work” nearer the bottom of your CV. Make sure you account for any gaps in your employment e.g. maternity leave, travelling etc, otherwise potential employers will be suspicious.

 

Most people put Hobbies and Interests at the bottom of the CV, but they are a great way to show off your individuality and other skills that might not be obvious from your work experience and qualifications. Try to avoid the clichéd, hobbies, such as “watching television”. Instead, include things which show that you’re a more rounded individual – such as a hobby you’re particularly passionate about, whether that’s fishing, rock climbing, photography, crafting or cooking. Maybe you’re a member of a club or organisation, that shows dedication, loyalty and team work, so include things like that too.

 

Try to keep your CV to a maximum two pages.

 

Check and double check your CV and ask someone else to check it too. Spelling mistakes can rule you out when an employer is short-listing candidates for interview.

 

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