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  1. 1. Gain The Competitive Edge Write the Best CV Today’s job market is as competitive as ever, you need to stand out from the crowd if you are to secure an interview. This means that since your CV is YOUR personal sales tool, and on average the reader may only spend 5 seconds scanning it before making a decision to read on or discard, YOUR CV needs to powerfully promote you in the best, most relevant and succinct way. How do you do that? Tip No 1 Presentation and Content You need to make sure your CV is not only grammatically correct, with no spelling mistakes but that it also looks good and reflects you and how you work. For a professional look, use a readable font; highlight key titles, use bullet points, capitals and underlying where appropriate. Forget brightly coloured papers, photographs and borders; simple neutral paper with black ink printed on a good quality printer is best received. Then there is the content: this needs to show a continuous employment history [so you need to explain the career breaks] and give an accurate synopsis of your skills, knowledge, experience, abilities and achievements. Tip No 2 Achievements Ensure that for every role or position title detailed on your CV, you include “Achievements” and that you list 2-4 real achievements from that role before you list your responsibilities. With all your achievements – and they can be in all shapes and sizes – remember to qualify and quantify them; adding value and results will make them really effective. So for example, if you developed the business and increased revenue, detail the percentages and figures and include the time frame. Tip No 3 Interviews That’s what you want. An interview – and you need to think about what questions you will be asked. So, whilst writing your CV think about the specific role where you will be using your skills, abilities, knowledge and experience. Make it easy for the decision maker; address all the criteria for that role by including achievements and examples that match their job specification. Include examples where you have demonstrated your skills and competence in a particular area – that way when it comes to the interview, you will only need to expand and give more detail on the statements on your CV. Remember: It is vital that your CV not only stands out from others but that it is also easy to read Sell yourself on your CV to beat the competition when applying for jobs; Identify skills and achievements you may not have realised you possessed; Write the CV in the preferred style for HR and recruitment professionals; AND Prepare a matching custom covering letter for each CV you send out. ASSESSMENT4POTENTIAL© 07801 689801
  2. 2. Your Name Your Address And contact details So that the reader knows how to get in touch with you Profile YOUR CV must be interesting to the reader – it is first impressions that count. It MUST be eye-catching, believable, factual, relevant, original, have impact, well laid out, easy to read, individual, match the market and sell the benefits. So this is a good place to write a short introductory summary paragraph (or some key bullet points) capturing your skills, knowledge and experience together with your key personal attributes and behaviours. Career history Your most recent position The date you started The company you now work for Now list of some of your key achievements – enhance these achievements by including quantities, amounts, pound values and percentages. Put the strongest statements at the top Write in simple terms instead of complex phrases to describe your responsibilities and achievements Don’t be too modest – prospective employer’s need to know how good you are. If you don’t tell them on your CV - they may never find out If you want to include your responsibilities as well, include them now. Then repeat in reverse chronological order the roles and achievements over the last few years. Recent employment is always most relevant. Your new employer will want to know who you are now and not what you were 10 years ago. Education and Qualifications Name of the institution The dates attended Relevant training courses successfully completed Once again in reverse order, and university before school results Using good English skills, check for grammar, spelling and punctuation Limit enigmatic jargon. Use straightforward language avoiding acronyms and abbreviations, so people will understand the CV Personal details You are not obliged to give personal details but you might want to indicate whether or not you have a driving licence and confirm any requirements stated in the application (ie: NI no.) Only include interests or hobbies if they clearly contribute to your ability to work Never list references or salary details, if they are requested - include them in your covering letter. Too much detail is better than not enough – although nobody wants your autobiography. Remember your CV has the potential to determine the interview questions Remember: Adapt your CV every time to suit the particular positions you are applying for ASSESSMENT4POTENTIAL© 07801 689801
  3. 3. FINAL CV APPRAISAL CHECKLIST Material all fits on maximum of 2 pages No spelling, grammar or punctuation errors Typing is neat, clean and professional looking Name, address and contact details are presented as a great heading at the top Margins at sides and bottom are at least 3 cm wide Layout makes reading easy No paragraphs are longer than six lines Important titles are emphasised by underlining or capital letters (but not overdone) Indentations and bullets are used to organise information logically Action words are used to communicate achievements and results The use of “I” has been avoided – action words used instead Irrelevant personal information has been left out Sentences and paragraphs edited to eliminate unnecessary and redundant information CVs take time and needs to be unique. Tailor your CV to the individual role you are applying for. Overall appearance invites one to read it And remember the list of Don’ts: Don’t include pictures Don’t list sex, health or personal irrelevancies Don’t list references Don’t highlight problems like Don’t put your CV in a divorce, disability fancy folder or binder Don’t include addresses of prior Don’t forget your full employers contact phone numbers and postcode Don’t include salary information Remember: YOUR CV must demonstrate YOUR ability to produce results ASSESSMENT4POTENTIAL© 07801 689801