We are sure you all know how important it is to have the perfect CV, it is, after all, a potential employer's first introduction to you but how do you go about writing it? What details should you put in and what should you take out? We at AllChelmsfordJobs want to help you in improving your possibility of getting that fantastic so here are tips for making the right first impression.
We are sure you are all aware it's obvious but a Curriculum Vitae (CV) should on all occasions be typed to give it the best clarity possible. It should also be excellently presented. Consider how it appears on the page. There should be clear headings and breaks between details. A potential employer will likely look through loads of CVs for a job so they should be able to see the pertinent information at a glance before short listing it for a more thorough read through. A poorly laid out CV which is not easy to read will probably end up in the rubbish.
A lot of employers would like a CV to start with a personal statement as it permits them to see immediately what you are about. What should this include?
Make sure you give these questions real thought before you decide upon the answers as they are likely to be questioned at interview. Here's an example of the type of thing might say:
' I am bright, a conscientious worker and passionate about any challenges I come up against. My careerto date has all been very customerorientated and I have found this to be very enjoyable. I have spent the last six years in a sales environment and I enjoy the contact with different types of people this brings. I feel I am intelligent and would like the opportunity to use. During my time at Bob Burns Estate Agents I very much enjoyed learning lots about the procedural and legal parts of the conveyancing process and think that I took to it quickly. I am particularly keen to take on a challenging position with the opportunity to progress and train where possible. I am also extremely IT literate and thoroughly enjoy using computers as part of my working life.'
The next section should be your educational history if it is particularly relevant to the job to which you are applying. For example, if you have a degree in Marketing and you are applying for a marketing position then it is useful to state this first. However, if you think that your educational history is not especially significant and you are applying on the strength of your experience then it is worth possibly putting your work history first.
Your education should be put in reverse order with the most recent education received at the beginning. It is not necessary to go into huge detail here, simply state where you studied and what grades you achieved. It is not vital to put the dates of study if you do not want to as, under the Age Discrimination Law, you are not required to make any reference to your age and this includes dates from which your age may be obvious. Do not forget to include information of any additional certificates you might have received which may be relevant to the position.
Like education, it must be laid out in reverse order, the most recent or current employment first. You should give the name of the employer and the period of time you were employed (this need not be dates but you should indicate for how long you were employed in that position). It is also useful to state where the employer was based, e.g. Chelmsford. You should also clearly state what your job title was. Underneath explain briefly what your job role was and your main tasks. This should aid a perspective employer determine whether your experience makes you suitable for their position. Try to be succinct and keep it to only relevant information.
It is not advisable to put your salary for each position undertaken on your CV as this can make an employer to make assumptions about your suitability for a role and make negotiating your salary, where applicable, harder. Similarly the same could also be said for putting your salary expectation on your CV.
It is common for job seekers to put a little bit of personal information, such as hobbies, on their CV. It is advisable to keep this to a minimum. You should, however, state whether you hold a driving licence and whether you own your own car etc.
Employers do not necessarily want to see photos on a CV. For most roles it is not necessary to include a photo but if you would like to it ought to be passport photo sized and professional in appearance.
It is important that you make sure all spelling and punctuation are perfect. Literacy is often highly important to employers so use the 'Spell Check' option on your computer.
Ask someone to read through your CV. Ask them to confirm that it looks presentable and easy to read. They should also check your spelling and grammar.
When applying for a vacancy you should include a covering letter. This should say why you are applying for this job in particular and a small amount about the experience and/or skills you have which would be significant to them (avoid repeating too much from the CV itself).
Remember that it is not necessarily 'one CV fits all', it's important spending a few minutes checking your CV before each time you send it to ensure it makes the best impact for each particular role. You may want to think about changing some information, particularly your personal statement, to suit the job description.