A well thought out CV is an important career tool and is often the first point of contact between you and a prospective employer.
In reality, very few people have secured a job based on their CV alone; however it provides a critical step towards securing an interview.
It really is worth taking the time to compose a presentable and detailed CV. Of course, it won't guarantee an interview on each and every occasion, but it will give you a far better chance of securing a meeting with the employer.
Besides the CV Builder hints below, we've also included a CV Template to help you on your way.
CVs generally come in very standardised formats, but to stand out your CV has to distinguish you from other applicants. The idea behind a good CV is to create a unique identity for the prospective employer to see.
One of the best ways of doing this is to show what you've accomplished in your career. This can be done by listing skills, which is common on many CV formats; however it's important that you also build a picture of how you've used those skills. In other words, if you've managed teams (which is a skill), it's vital that you follow on by giving details of how you effectively manage those below you.
Quality of information is what really matters on a CV. Of course, your CV could be lengthy, if the information is relevant to the role you're applying for, however it's important to remember that the CV has to drive your key skills and experience home. Too much detail can lead to information overload and distract the reader from the important facts.
Your CV should be kept simple and yet retain its effectiveness. Whatever other details you want to put on your CV, you should always start be ensuring that the following information is covered:
Personal Details: Name, Address and Contact Details
A Profile of Yourself: A description of achievements, skills and career experience as well as the type of person you are and the sort of role you're looking for. You could expand on your profile by bullet pointing your key strengths and career aspirations.
Academic Qualifications & Training: Whilst experience is important, most employers will want to see your academic achievements. These could be listed in bullet point format, starting with your most recent qualification. It's also important to list your on-the-job and formal training achievements.
Career History: If you've had a job before and have work experience, it's important to highlight your core responsibilities and duties. Start with your most recent job, listing the name of the employer, time spent with the company, your job title and your key responsibilities. You could expand on this section of your CV and include any key achievements and points in your time with the company when you were rewarded for a particular project or piece of work.
Please remember, don't falsify information, or give misleading information to an employer. Don't put yourself in a position where your statements cannot be trusted. This will absolutely guarantee that you won't secure the job.
If you require any assistance when putting your CV together please call on 01753 844 598 and we'll be happy to help guide you through the process.
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