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A CV is a selling tool that should describe you in a positive light to the recruiter. A recruiter, on average, will spend approximately 20 seconds scanning your CV. A CV should not be any more than two pages, the information should be brief, concise and include positive action words.
Your CV should highlight your skills; experience and compatibility for the job role. However, your CV can 'be rejected over some simple things like –spelling and grammar errors, inconsistencies with employment dates, too much/too little information, poor formatting and a silly email address.
Your CV is worth the value of your professional skills £££, so it is vital to spend time to ensure that it is ticking all the boxes, so it needs to be clearly labelled, well-formatted, professional sounding and corresponding skills and experience.
There three main styles of CVs:
Functional or skills-based CV :
This style is ideal when you are changing jobs, new to the workplace or returning back to the workplace after an extended break. This style focuses more on skills and less on your work history. Recommend if you are new to the workplace, school leaver, graduate or changing into a different career sector.
Reverse Chronological CV:
This style is ideal when you have a strong work history. It is less focused on lengthy key skills descriptions and contains a shorter personal statement.
Tailored CV: This is the overall recommended style to use for CV applications. A tailored CV is literally ‘tailored’ around the job application, using the job advertisement as a guide to relating your like-for-like information. Employers like this style as hey can see related evidence of your skills and experience. Tailored CVs do take longer to produce but are well worth the effort.
Font should be between 10 and 12 sizes. Keep your page margins around 2.5cm. Use a simple layout and highlight each heading in bold. Preferred font styles are Calibri or Arial.
What sections should a CV Include?
Personal Contact Information:
Name, email and telephone number -Nothing else for security reasons.
Summary Profile or Personal Statement:
An overview of skills, experience and relevant background.
· Who are you?
· What can you offer the company?
· What are your career goals?
Key Skills: You should list at least five skills include a short description of how or where you have used them. I have listed two examples below -
·Database Administration – I have five years’ experience using internal and external database systems including PAMS, SQL, Access, and Oracle.
·Customer Service –I have a strong ability to deal with customers calmly and positively so that their requests are processed promptly in line with business goals.
Education: Relevant qualifications, training, licenses, accreditations or awards.
Work Experience: State your job title, the employer, the location, the dates you worked and a couple of lines or bullet points that summarise what you did or achieved in that job role.
Other Information *(optional): In this section, you can include information that you think may be of interest to the employer. For example, speaking another language, licenses to drive or operate machines/vehicles or experience of using different software. This information may not match you to the job specification criteria but may give you extra 'likeable qualities' to the employer.
Hobbies and interests: Talk about things that are interested in and be specific. Don’t just say I like reading – state the genre of books that interest you, specific authors, a book that particularly stood out for you. Avoid listing hobbies that don’t add value to your CV. Never include 'socialising'.
Referees: Ideally, these should be who know you on a professional level, e.g. someone you have worked with or alongside that can vouch for your credibility.
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To help you a little further, I have put some examples below. Please click on the buttons to see the CV examples.