- Have you lost your job and looking for a new one?
- Have you had time to reflect during the pandemic and now want a more fulfilled career aligned with your values and passion?
- Are your children are going to school, and now you want to find a job?
- Do you feel lost and don’t know where to start with updating your skills and knowledge in order to get a job?
Remember to believe in yourself and know that there is support available to get you where you want to go, it is not a journey you need to go on alone.
Whatever the reason, it is essential for you to have an up to date Curriculum Vitae (CV) as the first step to getting your foot in the door with an employer and secure an interview. It is also a great reference point whilst making online applications. I hope the following tips will assist you in developing a fit for purpose CV.
- There is no right or wrong way to write a CV but it must contain the following information about you:
Personal Contact Information, including an up to date email and mobile phone number.
Key skills (relevant to the job you are applying for).
Education and qualifications including dates of achievement (relevant to job you are applying for)..
Employment history, work experience or voluntary experience if relevant to the job you are applying for including company name, title held and bullet points of relevant tasks you undertook.
Interests and hobbies – this helps the employer learn more about your personality.
References (if available or put “references available on request”). Remember to always ask in advance before placing people’s names as referees and ensure title, and contact details are completely accurate with an up to date email address if available.
- Your CV should be typed accurately and proofread by a few people, accuracy is EVERYTHING. There is nothing worse than bad spelling or punctuation/grammar on a CV. If you can’t do it yourself write the information out and get a relative, friend or CV specialist to support you and type it out for you. Remember to use a good familiar programme to create it, so that the CV is easy to download and portable for emailing and easily amended.
- Don’t write a short story, keep each part of your CV brief, concise and to the point. Remember employers do not have the time to review waffle. Ideally your CV should be no longer than two pages long.
- If you are printing out, please use reasonable quality A4 white paper, the CV must be tidily presented with perhaps a see through document wallet or similar to keep it clean.
- A big one is understand the job description and read it over a few times, then type out how you meet the personal specification. Where you don’t quite meet the criteria, adapt your skills accordingly and remember those very important TRANSFERABLE SKILLS.
These are the skills you possess that are useful to employers across a wide variety of jobs and industries. Skills such as team work, dependability, adaptability, verbal/written communication, organisational skills, leadership and of course, information technology skills.
If you have been out of employment or training for some time, don’t worry, think about the skills you use in everyday life, for example a parent, managing finances, multi tasking, organisational skills and team work to name but a few. You can also think of voluntary roles you undertake, perhaps helping out at a local football club or dance club. Everyone has skills to offer an employer, it’s how you sell your skills to them that matters.
- Every job is different, so remember to tweak your CV accordingly. There is no such thing as a generic CV these days. It’s the ability to sell yourself for the job you are applying for that matters. It also shows the employer you are a good match for the job too and that you have made an effort to read the job description and person specification.
- Under the skills section, sell your skills to the employer. How do you stand out from the crowd, what expertise can you bring to the job? On a CV I personally always place this after the contact details as “key skills”. That way it is the first thing an employer sees.
Examples, computer skills, communication, team working, having a second language, problem solving, research skills etc. This could include examples taken from your voluntary work or personal life.
- Make the most of your work experience, use positive direct language such as organised, developed and organised. Try to relate your work experience to the job you are applying for. Really focus on your past roles, even just after school and the great experience you bring with you.
- Remember to contact referees in advance to ask permission to place their name on a job application form. Ensure their contact information is totally up to date and accurate. Ideally have a few in mind, at least three minimum, one that you can use a personal referee (who is not a family member) and two that can provide information on your suitability for the job. Where possible provide your reference’s email address, as this makes it easier for employers to get in touch quickly if they are interested in interviewing you for a job.
- Keep your CV completely up to date at all times with new skills you have gained. Also remember your address, mobile number and email here. Often people forget to keep these up to date. Qualifications should include a date or at the very least a year of achievement too. Always amend and make it relevant to the role for which you are applying.
Finally I hope these tips will help you with your Curriculum Vitae. Remember to include a cover letter when applying for jobs. This shows you have made a big effort to showcase your strengths for the job you are applying for.
If anyone out there, needs a helping hand, I would be pleased to offer a FREE NO OBLIGATION impartial Career Support Session, or a FREE CV Review to help you get started on your new career, business development, professional/personal development or job search.
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