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Writing a tip top cv


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Writing a tip top cv

  1. 1. Your guide to:Writing a tip top CV Your CV should be a living, breathing, growing document. By that, we don’t mean it should leave the confines of your desktop, spring into life, and make your morning cuppa (that would be weird - good, but weird). It should grow and evolve as you do. And even if you don’t have any new roles or skills to add to it, you’ll more than likely need to adapt it to specific jobs, sectors and companies. Employers don’t have time to read between the lines, so the more you do to show how great you are for the job you’re trying to bag, the more chance you’ll have of getting it. Remember, the reader will be asking themselves two very basic questions: 1. Can you do the job? 2. Will you suit their company? Make sure the answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’ by: • Moulding your CV to match what they’re looking for • Making it clear where your skills meet their needs • Pointing out the value you could bring to their organisation In this guide, we’ll share our tried and tested tips for writing the perfect CV and effectively showcasing your skills and suitability to the professional world.Mind your language Proofread• Keep copy short and sweet • Use the past tense to describe your • We can’t stress enough the career (‘Led a team of…’) but the importance of checking your CV for• Avoid lengthy sentences and use present tense for your transferable spelling and grammar errors, as a bullet-points skills and competencies (‘Offers mistake could cost you the job• Don’t refer to yourself as ‘I’ or by experience in…’) • A fresh pair of eyes can be super name sharp when it comes to spotting the• Make sentences more direct with errors you may have missed, so ask such phrases as ‘Major achievements someone to double-check it for you include’Follow us
  2. 2. Layout• Keep it clean and uncluttered, with • For a guide on font size, use 10- • Never reduce font size to fit more in. plenty of white space and wide 12 point for your body text, and a If you need another page, use one - margins maximum of 16 point for headings or cut it down• Use the same font throughout, • Refrain from using capitals for • Print on one side of the paper only and make sure it’s a common one entire words and always embolden • Number the pages if there are two or such as Times New Roman, Arial or headings more CourierStructurePersonal information • Provide a job title, start and finish awarding body and year) but not• Include your name, address, dates, company name, and a brief ‘bought’ memberships telephone number and e-mail description of what they do • Include skills such as languages, address - and if you have a • List relevant responsibilities, technology, or vocational training website that will add value to your achievements, duties and skills; application, add that too describing the scope of your job, References and client endorsements• There’s every chance your CV could rather than giving a job description • You could include the names and get split up, so include your contact contact details of your referees on • If you’ve had a lot of jobs or a long details on every page your CV, or simply have them on career, you might want to summarise hand for when they’re requested. under such headings as ‘PreviousPersonal statement Either way, make sure you know employers’ or ‘Earlier career’ who is willing to represent you• Your personal statement is your big • Explain any significant career gaps. chance to sell yourself. Think of it as • Include client endorsements Even if you’re not working, you may a sales pitch - you have one chance and recommendations in the have picked up some incredibly to grab the reader’s attention with achievements section of your CV, valuable skills from other pursuits how great you are for example: ‘Given a special award by X for contribution to X’• Write a focused summary of what Qualifications, education, training and you have to offer, keeping it simple development and snappy. Sum up your personal Future proofing • These usually come near the end of and professional attributes, taking • Keep your CV up to date, even when the CV, but if some qualifications are into account the job spec you’re no longer looking — it’ll save essential for the job and make you you bags of time when you are, and more marketable, include them afterWork experience prevent you from forgetting important your profile dates, details, projects or successes• Start with your current or most recent • List professional and academic position and work backwards qualifications, degrees and executive Follow our top tips to get the sort of CV• Treat a promotion like a separate position programmes (giving the subject, that’s sure to wow potential employers. Visit our website:: Download our app: Check out our other guides: us