To allow an employer to gain an insight intowho you are: your achievements, skills,qualifications and work history to date. To establish if you will be of benefit to thecompany and to the role which you applyingfor.
To allow an employer to intowho you are: your achievements, skills,qualifications and work history to date. To establish if you will be of benefit to thecompany and to the role which you applyingfor.
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An application form and a CVshare similar information. An application form will askfor specific information youwould not include on a CV; Equal opportunities data Criminal convictions Medical history A CV is NOT a legaldocument! An applicationform is!
You will need to gather together a lot of informationbefore starting to construct your CV. A CV should include the following sections; Name, Address, Email address and Phone number Personal Profile Key Skills Work Experience Education /Training Personal Details / Interests References Available
Many of you will already have a CV. How many of your CV’s are fit for purpose? It is not uncommon for people to have three orfour very different CV’s. You have to be careful when placing too muchemphasis on the arts if you are applying for a joboutside that sector.
Emphasise the relevant skills that yourachievements and experience have taught you. THINK – how would they be transferrable?
The profile needs to communicate clearly and effectively to theemployer. Use descriptive terminology. It must briefly summarise the rest of your CV; What you want to do? Why you want to do it? Why you are suitable?“I am keen to establish a career utilising my retail and customerservice skills. I can accurately follow instructions, work effectivelyas a team member and on my own initiative. In addition, I amflexible, reliable and can cope with working in a busy, highpressure environment. Currently seeking an opportunity to gainfurther experience and develop my skills by working for a retailestablishment that will enhance my potential.”Emphasise the positives!
Key Skills should be suitable for the job sector. Some skills overlap whereas some are morespecific. Within your work/education history you canshow how your have acquired these skillsRETAILFriendly andapproachable withgood interpersonalskills.CUSTOMER SERVICESGood communicationskills both customerfacing orvia telephoneCATERINGAbility to remain calm ina hectic and busyenvironment
Some of you might think you have little or no work experience. That is very rarely the case. You can include voluntary work, school work experience. All work history MUST be included with all the relevant DATES. Organise them chronologically, the most recent first. Highlight your responsibilities, duties and job titles. Emphasise the work that has enabled you to acquire the mosttransferrable skillsSummer 1996
This is where you really have to sell yourself. This is especially important if creating an ArtsCV. Be selective on where you place your emphasis.• BTEC DanceLevel 3• Performances atBOA• Awards /qualificationswithin Dance• “100 metre winner”Year 6 Sports Day• 3rd in top setEnglish SpellingBee!• GCSEGerman - C• GCSEHistory - D
Don’t go crazy listing all thefun and exciting things you do. One or two interesting andmore importantly, unique,activities will make you standout. “I enjoy going out andsocialising with friends” or “Ihave an active social life”usually means one thing…
Simply state “References are available onrequest.” Do not include contact details or a fullreference The employer will know where you haveworked from your employment history.
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To begin with a brilliant summary that makes peoplewant to read more Key strengths and skills are immediately obvious Try to maximise the impact and relevance of allinformation The design layout – ensure it is reader friendly Careful formatting allows a lot of information to beincluded without seeming crowded Qualifications andTraining are arranged to showrelevant on-going development You rarely need to explain trivial details of your earlyeducation Your CV needs to be a working document
Make it longer than two sides Leave unexplained career gaps Include the following details ; Insert pictures (unless it is for amodelling or acting position)• Age • Previous Salary• Children • Disabilities• Religion • Nationality• Marital Status
Poor presentation - Overcrowded layout, poor quality photocopy, not dividedinto easy to read sections Disorganised and poorly sequenced - Employment details arrangedhaphazardly with periods of time not accounted for Too long - Includes irrelevant detail or too much detail Too general -The personality profile could apply to almost everybody. Too glossy - Unnecessary use of coloured paper and over-elaborated format Includes information that might discourage an employer - Age, health,salary, time unemployed, criminal record, etc Uses jargon, abbreviations, complicated sentences and words The CV has not been checked for errors in grammar, spelling and typing Travels alone - Is not accompanied by a letter of application
Employers are usuallydrowning in a sea ofpaperwork The last thing they want todo is read 100 boring CV’s. You need to catch theirattention within the first5-10 seconds. Make yours stand out fromthe crowd!