Writing a CV

Writing a CV

You’ll either love them or loathe them but your CV is the most powerful sales tool you have at your expense when seeking alternative employment. It should be designed to make an impact on any future employer.

  • The CV needs to be clear, concise and simple to understand.
  • Be positive –concentrate on successes, achievements (anything from sorting out the filing system, to smashing your sales targets)
    • Start with a profile summarising your key experiences, achievements and aspirations.
  • Remember – Check and double check your spelling and grammar. It’s always a good idea to ask someone to proof read your CV before you send it.
  • Always detail your career history starting with your most recent and work back chronologically.
  • Account for any employment gaps – travelling or taking months off is fine so you don’t need to hide them.
  • Provide a summary of educational and qualification details, including grades and dates. Start with your most recent qualifications and work backwards. If you have a degree note this before your A levels.
  • Demonstrate your skills, expertise and achievements.
  • Waffling – ensure the content is relevant and linked to future roles.
  • Pay attention to the job description. Your CV will need to clearly match your core skills and the employer’s needs for the specific job role.  Don’t be afraid to adapt/tailor your CV for each specific application/role.
  • Try to keep your CV to a maximum of 3 pages if possible.
    Account for any employment gaps – travelling or taking months off is fine so you don’t need to hide them.
  • Do not forget to include your contact details, i.e. home email address, home and mobile telephone numbers
  • Your CV is your personal marketing document rather than your life history, so keep it succinct and captivating. Ensure the content is relevant and linked to the role you are applying for.
  • Be selective with references. The most recent reference may not always the best one to use.  Bear in mind relevance to the prospective job role.
  • Once you have finished it, show it to as many people as possible: your supervisor/mentor, colleagues, even your family and friends. Their first impressions will help you to improve your CV.
  • Don’t ever be tempted to fabricate the truth; you’ll usually be caught out!
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