We are all aware how crucial it is to have the ideal CV, it is, after all, a potential employer's first introduction to you but how do you set about writing it? What details should you put in and what should you take out? We at AllReadingJobs want to assist you in increasing your possibility of getting that excellent so here are tips for making the right first impression.
We are sure you all know it's clear but a Curriculum Vitae (CV) should on all occasions be typed to give it the best ease of read possible. It should also be well laid out. Consider how it looks on the page. There should be apparent headings and breaks between details. A potential employer will probably look through lots of CVs for a job so they should be able to see the relevant information immediately before short listing it for a more thorough read through. A inadequately laid out CV which is difficult to read will probably end up in the trash.
Most employers would like a CV to commence with a personal statement as it permits them to see at a glance what you are about. What should this contain?
Ensure you give these questions serious thought before you decide upon the answers as they probable to be questioned at interview. Here's an example of the type of thing could say:
' I am clever, a conscientious worker and passionate about any challenges I take on. My careerto date has all been extremely customerfacing and I find this to be very enjoyable. I have spent the last few years in a sales environment and I find enjoyable the interaction with different types of people this brings. I feel I am intelligent and would like the chance to use. During my time at Bob Burns Estate Agents particularly enjoyed learning as much as possible about the procedural and legal parts of the conveyancing process and think that I took to it quickly. I am really keen to take on a challenging position with the opportunity to progress and train where possible. I am also extremely IT proficient and very much like using computers as part of my working life.'
The next section should be your educational history if it is especially relevant to the job for which you are applying. For example, if you have a degree in Law and you are applying for a legal position then it is useful to state this first. However, if you think that your education is not particularly relevant and you are applying on the value of your experience then it is worth considering putting your work history first.
Your education should be put in reverse order with the most recent education taken first. It is unnecessary to go into great detail here, purely state where you studied and what grades you were awarded. It is not necessary to put the dates of study if you do not wish to as, under the Age Discrimination Law, you are not required to make any reference to your age and this includes dates from which your age may be determined. Do not forget to include information of any other certificates you might have achieved which may be important to the position.
Like education, it must be laid out in reverse order, the most recent or current employment at the beginning. You should state the name of the company and the period of time you worked for them (this does not necessarily have to be dates but you should indicate for how much time you were employed in that role). It is also useful to state where the employer was based, e.g. Reading. You should also clearly indicate what your job title was. Under this explain succinctly what your job role was and your main tasks. This should assist a potential employer determine whether your experience makes you suitable for their role. Try to be succinct and keep it to only relevant information.
It is not advisable to put your salary for each employment undertaken on your CV as this can make an employer to make assumptions about your suitability for a position and make negotiating your salary, where applicable, harder. Similarly the same could also be said for putting your salary expectation on your CV.
It is not uncommon for job seekers to put a little bit of personal information, such as hobbies, on their CV. You should keep this to a minimum. You should, however, state whether you hold a driving licence and what type of transport you have.
There has also been a noticeable shift away from employers liking to see photos on a CV. For most vacancies it is not necessary to include a photo but if you would like to it should be passport photo sized and professional in appearance.
It is important that you make sure all spelling and punctuation are right. Literacy is often highly important to employers so use the 'Spell Check' facility on your computer.
Ask a friend or contact to read through your CV. Ask them to double check that it looks presentable and easy to read. You should also ask them to check your spelling and grammar.
When applying for a position try to include a covering letter. This should say why you are applying for this job in particular and a small amount about the experience and/or skills you have which would be useful to them (avoid repeating too much from the CV itself).
Don't forget that it may not be 'one CV fits all', it is important spending a few minutes checking your CV before each occasion you send it to check it makes the greatest impact for each particular position. You may want to consider changing some information, particularly your personal statement, to suit the job description.