CV’s – Some tips

When it comes to looking for a job the first thing you need is a CV.

A CV lays out everything you have done in your career to date so that a potential employer can get to understand what you would bring as a worker.

It’s not easy to write, but it is worthwhile. . . and it should be your own work.

“I’ve heard a CV should be 2 pages long” – NOT ALWAYS.
It’s generally said that a CV should be roughly 2 pages but that’s only sometimes true.
There used to be real reasons for this; If a CV was only 2 pages it could be delivered on one piece of paper (printing both sides) and there was less chance of losing page 2 in someone’s in-tray.
or, people have a short attention span, they don’t have time to read 5 pages.
These days nearly every agency and many companies use databases so a CV could be as long as you like, databases don’t get bored of reading.
However, If you are applying directly for a job (not via an agency) revert to the 2 page rule and customise your CV.
“What MUST be included on a CV?”
There shouldn’t be rules on this anymore, but there are. We’re suggesting a few headings for you but think it over and use those that fit you.
Curriculum Vitae’ is an unnecessary title. HR people know what the document is.
Personal details: It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to include their name, email, contact phone number and address.
Usually these are clearly presented at the top of your CV.
Personal statement: This is your chance to put YOU across. It’s the first thing a prospective employer will read. So if you are “outgoing” tell them, If you’re “meticulous” tell them!
Some other great words/phrases to put in could be Accurate, Confident, Hard Working, prompt.
Work experience: Start by writing your work story. I left school and then I . . . .
Make a note of each job you had and the dates you worked there (from and to) and then a couple of lines about what you do/did.
Then, put that in to the CV document, with the most recent at the top.
Achievements: If you’re awesome at something, tell people.
List all of your relevant skills and achievements (backing them up with examples), and make it clear how you would apply these to the new role.
Education: Your educational experience and achievements should be listed here, along with dates, the type of qualification and the grade you achieved.
Start with your top qualification (so if your highest qualification is a degree put that at the top). Then work backwards..
Hobbies and interests: These are relevant. What you do out of work gives you a method to connect with your interviewer and give you something to talk about at an interview, plus sometimes they can reveal character traits. Are you a team player? Or even a captain?
Once it’s all written up print it out and give it to a close friend or family member to read over. Invite them to comment and then use their comments to improve the document. Do this every time you update or amend your CV too, It’s very easy to become blind to our own words.
Now you’re ready. Save it, put it somewhere easy to find and start getting it out there.
After all, it’s your future and your Job. – Good Luck.
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