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Writing a CV

The Job Search – Step 1

So what is a CV, what should it contain and how should you go about writing one….?

It can be pretty daunting writing a CV for the first time! In essence a CV is an overview of your work experience and qualifications. Hopefully it says enough to encourage a potential employer to invite you to interview and give you get the opportunity to sell yourself in person.

What is a CV?

  • A CV is a summary of your qualifications, career history and achievements.
  • It should be informative, to the point and sell you and your skills in the best way possible.
  • CVs should be reasonably brief, and easy to read.
  • Aim to make them 2 pages if possible, if you have a long and involved career then it may be longer or indeed if you are just starting out a one page summary will be sufficient.
  • Different industries may lend themselves to more creative styles – the legal profession does not. No unusual fonts or colours.
  • Make sure your CV is free of spelling mistakes / typing errors. Ask a friend to read it over.

The CV

Personal details;

  • Your name, address, contact numbers and email. Make sure your details are up to date and easy to spot and not hidden away.
  • There is no need to include National Insurance / passport details or date of birth
  • If you are relocating make reference to your new location even if you don’t have a new address.

Qualifications;

  • This should contain your academic qualifications in reverse chronological order and any professional qualifications and memberships. If you are in the process of studying includes these with the expected date of completion.

Experience;

  • Chronological order, with your current job first. Give a brief explanation of your duties, using bullet points if possible. Do not use abbreviations or acronyms unless very common within the industry.
  • If you are involved in any extra duties ie member of the social committee, include that as well.
  • If you are at the early stages of your career don’t discount part time / vacation work. This demonstrates work experience, often customer service skills and dealing with difficult situations.

Interests / Hobbies;

  • Memberships of sports clubs, independent travel and other interests can all showcase different skills and are a great ice breaker for interviews.

And if you are still not sure…. Why not get in touch with us? We are always happy to cast a critical eye and give you some additional advice.

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