la tips for writing the perfect CV ŕ la Auntie Desiré
time finally. Your student days are over (at least for a couple of months).
Time to do what everyone shouts at you. No, not "Have a wash", "Get a job".
So how do you make sure that you're the one who gets that position everyone
Well, a great CV can't do everything for you, but it can go a long way.
Here we present Oilzine's guide to the best way to stop being work-shy: Our
guide to the "Perfect CV". If you don't agree with us try www.jobsite.co.uk/career/advice/killer_cv.html
Most CVs cover these 9
Type your name rather than
write Curriculum Vitae at the top of the document (they will know what it is).
Include your name, address,
telephone number and email address (if you have one / it's not too stupid -
'firstname.lastname@example.org' won't impress them).
There are a number of things
to consider about your details: what contact details are you going to give?
Do you live in shared accommodation? If so, will a telephone message get to
you? Do you have a mobile? Is your answer message professional enough? - prospective
employers aren't greatly impressed by 30 seconds of "Love Me Tender" or De Niro's
"Are you talkin' to me?" speech.
If you need the space for
more important things, you don't have to include age, sex, marital status, they
can't discriminate on these grounds, but it gives them a better impression of
you 'the person' if you do include it. But definitely don't bother putting health,
as it's only ever 'good' (would you put 'health: shite' or 'not too good actually,
I've got a bit of a sniffle, think it could be something serious'?).
Include a positive statement
about yourself concentrating on the relevant skills, strengths and experience.
Use buzz-words like energetic,
enthusiastic, organised, determined, etc.
List your general skills
- driving licence, foreign languages, computer skills, etc. Make sure you can
do what you claim.
As an alternative to listing
all your achievements in one section you could sprinkle them about your CV in
the relevant places. If it's relevant to school put it in Education,
Using power-words will
go down well with prospective employers, they want and expect to see strong
verbs (delivered, accomplished, operated, managed, evaluated, demonstrated,
Mention the University
you attended, course and (expected) grade. Mention your secondary education
and qualifications, but don't list every qualification you gained at school.
Your 'Certificate of Merit for Not Being Sick on Mrs Clarke' from primary school
really isn't going to help you. When listing education, work from the most recent
first. University, 'A' levels, GCSEs (with GCSEs you only need to mention the
number you passed and mention any of particular importance e.g. maths and English).
List previous employers,
their addresses and your job title. Use articulate, concise sentences to highlight
responsibilities and achievements for your work experience. Don't make them
guess. Again most recent first.
The 'Additional Information'
section, rather than being just a trotting out of boring information, when approached
correctly could be the edge that gives you the job. Be specific in what you
say - who doesn't like socialising, meeting friends? If you're interested in
19th Century pottery put this down (it'll make you seem more interesting,
like you have a life). But DON'T LIE. The interviewer(s) will ask you
about your hobbies. Life's a b'stard, the chances are that they'll be ceramic
experts, and then you're in trouble.
Don't waste space on referees'
contact details, unless specifically asked to include them, a simple 'references
available on request' is fine. Make sure your referees are OK about giving you
a reference - ask them BEFORE putting their name down.
General CV help
Your CV should fit on 2
A4 sheets of paper.
If you want to make your
CV look extra special, then forget about fancy fonts and decorative paper, spend
your money on thicker, high-quality paper. Don't use coloured paper, stick to
white or cream (coloured paper doesn't fax or photocopy well).
NEVER lie on your
CV. It WILL catch up with you.
Always include a covering
letter, this is extra space to show why they should employ you and how you fit
the bill. Get help from www.jobsite.co.uk/career/advice/screaming_coverletters.html
Get someone else to read
through your CV. Do this in addition to a spell check, as spell checker can't
see if the words are appropriate to the sentence.
Consider the job you're
applying for and tailor your CV to suit. Target the information relevant to
the position and highlight it. www.jobsite.co.uk
do a good section on this, and here.
Don't go over the top with
details, excessive information could dilute the impact of the important stuff.
Communicate clearly and
Finally, Break A Leg (usually
Now all you have to
do is find a job to apply for.
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