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The Perfect CV
The perfect CV will impress and entice the employer so that you will get that exciting phone call for an interview. We believe that your CV is an investment you make in your future career and like all great things in life this will take some time and effort. BUT once it’s done you only have to maintain it. It might feel scary, where do you even start is sometimes the dreaded question …Luckily for you we are here to help and guide you through this process. We are committed to helping you succeed.
You can tweak your current CV to ensure you cover all the aspects set out below or you can download our fabulous FREE templates to get you started in the right direction.
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Now let’s look at all the aspects that an ideal Resume or CV should include. Click on one of the headings below to go to the appropriate section or...go through them all, one at-a-time.
Your personal statement is your BIG chance to sell yourself! These three or four lines are your opportunity to grab your potential employer’s attention and make them want to find out more about you. Here are our tantalising top tips for creating a powerful and memorable personal statement:
Keep it simple and relevant
- Write in first person and keep it consistent (“I am a hardworking History graduate and I…”) OR write in third person (“A hardworking History graduate who…). Whichever writing style you choose, stick with it throughout.
- Tailor it for each job you are applying for – for example, “Proficient user of Microsoft Word and advanced user of Microsoft Excel” will be applicable to most office jobs, while this might not be as important for a field sales position
- Always write it yourself (it’s supposed to be personal after all) and read it out loud to check that it reads well
- Avoid overused clichés that don’t mean anything – for example, “I have a thirst for knowledge” or “From a young age…” Come on you can do better than that!
- Summarise who you are, your education, the relevant skills and experience that you can offer your potential employer. Add your career goals too, this portrays your ambition.
- Your personal statement should be less than 200 words (so don’t waffle)
Here’s how it should be done:
“I am a highly organised Business Management graduate and excellent communicator with two years’ experience in the marketing industry.
Looking to build upon the specific marketing and valuable transferable skills I have developed, I hope to continue to pursue a career in this fast-paced sector.”
It is vital that your contact details are correct and that all relevant details are presented on your CV. As recruiters we are given a specific brief (from our client) of who and what the candidate should be and therefore your CV should be true, accurate and clear. A recent photo of yourself is a must to include in your CV. Remember that your CV is a reflection of who you are; therefore we want to see you. Please don’t submit a photograph that was taken 20 years ago or that dodgy selfie from your Facebook page.
(you are not limited to these but only include super useful information)
- ID number/Passport
- Work permit
- Drivers License
- Own Transport: Yes or No
- Marital Status
- No of Dependants
- Contact number
- Alternative Contact number
Do not include:
- Your Height and weight
- Your IQ Score
- Names and ages of your children
- Political Views
- Salary expectations
- Social Media Handles (unless asked for)
- What Makes You Fabulous?
This section is to list all your educational history, starting with the most recent qualification you’ve obtained or current studies and list down to high school. Nobody cares that you were a class monitor in pre-school!
It’s important to ensure that you are recording the dates for each education you are listing.
There is no need to list all the modules or subjects of each listed item as this is irrelevant.
Next, you need to include your work experience, beginning with your most recent position held. When writing your employment history, bear in mind the following:
- Include the job title, company name, start and finish dates as headings
- List relevant responsibilities and achievements, using concrete examples relevant to the job description to back up your points
- Ensure that you name all computer software packages that you have worked on during that time
- Explain any gaps in employment – display your proactivity by showing your potential employer what you were doing with that time. For example travelling might have allowed you to learn new languages, or volunteering may have given you a new set of skills
There are plenty of skills we develop in and outside of the working environment that can help us in our jobs. In this section of your CV, include anything that you think will help you in the role you are applying for.
- Leadership Skills
- Communication Skills
- Attention to detail etc.
Next, include any interests that you have which will be relevant to the position. Remember to always keep it pertinent to your job-seeking mission… Don’t go overboard here either – stick to hobbies and interests that give an employer an idea of who you are, but avoid completely irrelevant information that won’t make a positive difference to your application.
Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box though! You’ll be surprised what your hobbies say about you. For example, if you’re a member of an amateur dramatics society, that will show your potential employer that you’re confident, a good public speaker and comfortable around other people. Your interests could really help your job application.
Finally, finish your CV off with at least two references (be aware that some employers may ask for more). Include your reference’s name, job title, company, company address, telephone number and email address.
Make sure that one of these references is your current or most recent employer. You can always ask the company you are applying to not contact your references at your current employer until after a job offer has been made.