Writing a CV is one of the most important elements of the job application process because a good CV will enable you to stand out from the competition, while a great CV will put you on the shortlist for a cluster of exciting jobs.
By using the CV guide that we've outlined you’ll be able to map out your personal statement, career history and skills and achievements, in a clear and presentable way.
The competition for jobs in the UK market is fierce as it is. With the added pressures of the economic fallout from Covid, you’ll need to ensure that you stay ahead of the pack. By structuring your CV in the right way, you stand a far better chance of getting the attention of recruiters and getting the pick of your desired jobs.
Here, we’ve created a general guide to help you fill out the key sections of your CV.
Brief personal statement
A few lines to summarise your experience what you can offer the employer is more than adequate for this section. Make sure this part is concise, relevant to the job you are applying for and keep out parts that are irrelevant.
Starting with your most recent employer, list your past jobs in chronological order. Be accurate with excluding the gaps, or if you do have gaps in your work history, be clear about what they were. If you have had two relevant roles with the same employer that could make a good impression, so make sure the distinction between the two jobs is clear. Think about things that you have done in the past that will catch the eyes of the recruiter/hiring manager. Include skills that are relevant to the role and use stats or examples to back them up.
Skills and achievements
Keep it brief, but list a few short bullet points describing the key achievements and genuine skills.
Education and training
Start with your most recent qualifications and list your education in choronological order.
Interests and activities
This is a good opportunity to show off your personality! This is a great way to show your interests outside of work and showcase that you are a well rounded individual.
Its common practise to leave contact details out and write 'available on request'
Finally......PROOFREAD, once, twice, three times!
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