CV HINTS AND TIPS..
Find yourself staring at a blank piece of paper when starting to write your CV? Here are just a few hints and tips to help you along the way.
You want to be found, so make sure you put all your contact details including full name, address, email and telephone number. If you have a website or LinkedIn profile this can also be included.
It is entirely up to you if you wish to include this. A profile should give a brief summary of you, your skills, background and career aspirations.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
List your education history and put the grades achieved (most recent at the top). Also put any additional courses you have attended or certificates gained – particularly if relevant to your industry sector.
Here you can list any software packages you are confident using, general skills including team work, communication, leadership etc. Think what specific skills you use in your career and add these.
List your work history including the company name, your job title and dates. Each role should include your duties and responsibilities and any accomplishments, achievements whilst in that role. Most recent employment first. Bullet point each section so it clear and easy for a potential employer/recruiter to read through.
It is not a necessary requirement to put hobbies on your CV. However, it can add a little personality. Keep your hobbies concise – people want to know more about your work experience, than what you like to do at the weekend.
You do not need to put all the details of a reference on your CV. A simple stating “References available on request” is more than adequate. Once you have an offer of employment you can then provide details of references.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING YOUR CV..
Spelling, grammar and punctuation. Check, double check and triple check. Your CV is the first thing a potential employer and Recruiter see and you want to make a great first impression
It is not War and Peace. Make sure you have included all the relevant points, which highlight your experience and achievements, but keep it concise. Try to aim for 3 pages or so.
Can you be found? Ensure your CV contains keywords, which relate to your skills and experience and bring you higher up in search rankings.
If you write a cover letter, make it specific to the role you are applying for – not just a generic one. Employers want to see you have taken the time to look at their company, what they do and the role they are recruiting for.
Give Curteis Webb a call today on 01892 263359 if you would like any advice or support when writing your CV. We are happy to help.