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Curriculum Vitae Writing Tips
Curriculum Vitae Preparation
Curriculum Vitae preparation is the key to gaining that all important interview, otherwise known as a Resume or CV it is paramount that you include everything positive about yourself to gain that all important next stage in the process of obtaining a job role, the interview.
With jobs being scarce in the UK I would like to offer my advice and guidance to you in the preparation of your Curriculum Vitae or Resume, of course I cannot guarantee you will get the job, my experience to date has shown me that good preparation and thorough information will help you secure an interview, and I would like to do my best to help.
Based on my own experience and after a decision to take a career break and then finally wishing to return to work, using the information that I am going to give here and knowing that the layout and content of the Curriculum Vitae managed to secure me many interviews, hopefully it will assist you in your job search and indeed the interview.
Take a look at some of these tips on offer in this video
CV's for many years have been widely used by companies to enable them to gain an insight to the candidates applying for the job positions advertised. However that said now with the emphasis being on flexibility and change the CV or Resume has become paramount for employers.
It is not designed to get you the job, it is designed to get the interview, it is a way to 'sell' yourself to a potential employer.
If you are able to demonstrate, stability, experience, creativity and most of all adaptability you will be on your way to achieving a good CV. Look at your achievements to date and how you could adapt to a new job role with them. Telling the truth is the best policy.
Think logically and practically about your past working history, your skills and you will be able to reach a clearer insight into how the job your are applying for will fit in with your knowledge to date.
Writing mistakes made most commonly when preparing a CV
Too long - two pages is enough
Being hard to follow - dis-organised and layout poor
Poorly typed - looking unprofessional
Paragraphs too long - too much waffle
Not enough content - such as dates and job titles
Not showing enough of your achievements to date
Too much irrelevant content - marital status, height, weight etc is not required
Poor grammar - spelling mistakes
Too fancy - keep it simple
Try to remember who you are when writing your CV, you are not the job title you are applying for, remember that you are talented and have a broad range of qualities to offer the new role.
Whether you are a senior manager, engineer, plumber, secretary, shop worker, taxi driver, you certainly have a lot more of your own 'talents' that you actually probably do not realize that you have or are willing to admit.
Before starting CV preparation
Make a list of your skills, abilities and qualities, making sure that they are not just job related you need to list non job related skills as well.
Basic skills could include:
- Teaching, Coaching or Training
- Writing Reports
- Able to work on own initiative
- Dealing with the general public
- Managing others
- Performing mechanical tasks
- Meeting deadlines
- Driving long distance
- Using the telephone
- Target setting
And many more.
Employer's need an overall picture of you and your personal qualities could include:-
- Energy and drive
- Conscientious approach
Once you have listed all of your skills and qualities decide which of them could be transferable into the role that you are applying for. This is useful for the job's that you apply for that are different to what you may have done in the past and enables you to apply for a wider scope of positions.
Preparing your CV
Your CV should show your own personal style when presenting.
They say that a CV has a five second impact value on the employer's desk, the style, layout and length is extremely important, no more than two x A4 sheets long is paramount.
Consider the company you are applying for. If the company is long standing prepare a conventional CV, if however the company is modern and dynamic show more flair.
Present your information in chronological order, starting with your current situation and then work backwords. You must not leave any gaps. The layout needs to be clear and very easy to read and the content to the point. Use heading to separate all of the various sections of your CV.
Your employment history must be structured, so if you have had many similar jobs try to group them together and pick out the main duties and responsibilities. Try to emphasise what you have learned from a job. Remember, BE POSITIVE FROM START TO FINISH.
If you find you have gaps in employment showing time away from work due to looking after the children or unemployment try to highlight what you did during these times, such as attending training courses or running a play group or doing voluntary work or temporary work.
When writing your CV you need to feel comfortable with it as it's main purpose after all is to 'sell' yourself to employers.
Content in CV preparation.
The following areas should definitely be included in your CV.
Personal Details - Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
Education - List the names of schools, colleges and the dates you attended them
Qualifications - List all qualifications - include job related training courses and qualifications gained through day release or evening classes
Work experience or career - List the jobs in chronological order - dates should be mentioned and no unexplained gaps, the job title, company name and a brief outline of the duties that you undertook. If you have had a long working life restrict the details to the last 10 years.
An example layout
10 Main Street
Tel: 0023 012 325
Date of Birth 29th August 1965
KEY SKILLS Customer care/service Counselling
Management of four staff Interview skills
Sales - telephone and field Recruitment and Training
Administration Compiling reports/proposals
Fluent English Computer literacy/typing
LIST ALL SKILLS THAT YOU HAVE
1993 - present Name and Brief description of job role
1989 - 1993 Name and Brief description of job role
1988 - 1989 Name and Brief description of job role
Continue dates right back to when you left school, university or college
Qualifications Qualification and level obtained
Qualification and level obtained
List all qualifications and grades obtained
Remember stay positive and good luck
It is crucial when you are preparing your CV to ensure that you stay positive at all times as the way you are feeling emotionally is reflected in your writing.
Hopefully some of the tips that I have provided here will help you in securing an interview and I personally would like to wish you the best of luck.
© 2012 Trudy Cooper