CV Writing Tips

Trak Employment – CV Writing Tips

We all know that creating a CV is essential when it comes to looking for or moving on within our employment or job search, but where do you start, what should it cover and how should it look?

Here are some helpful hints and tips to help get you on the path to a building a CV that helps you with your job applications.

Layout / How it should read

Start with your Name and Contact Details, be sure to provide all information;

Name

Address

Telephone / Mobile Numbers

Email Address

Personal Statement

Once this is complete and accurate, move on to a Personal Statement that sums you up and what you offer a potential employer, bullet point the positive points and put them in to a sentence / paragraph, Keep it brief and to the point.

The point of this is to capture the employer’s attention so spare any waffle, keep it professional in all aspects.

Education Qualifications

This speaks for itself, list any Training, Exams, Qualifications with grades where possible.

Any on the job training is good to put in this area as it shows the employer what you have to offer if you have any transferable skills that you might have.

List the Schools and Colleges or University’s that you have attended with dates as this shows where and when you have been in education and fills any gaps between leaving school, place your qualifications gained under each establishment.

Employment History

This is the meaty part of your CV, use this section to highlight your skills along with your duties and responsibilities, add some detail here, but also use this part of your CV to keep it relevant to the work you are applying for, future employers are interested in what you can offer them and where you gained the skills that match the job description.

Start with your most Recent Employment, Name the Employer and confirm dates of work, remember potential employers may request references on you before offering work so be sure you get the dates correct.

You can also state the reason for leaving or if still in the same position make it clear that you are still presently employed.

Personal Interests and Hobbies

Put some effort in to this section without going into too much detail, this is an opportunity to show what interests you have and what you get involved in outside of your working hours.

If you are a member of any clubs or society’s and what you offer can always highlight different skills that you may have as well as letting the employer know a bit more about what interests, you.

References

Most Employers will ask about references and whom they can contact to gain this information, they will ask questions against your ability to do the job, time keeping, attitude to work, sickness etc.

If you decide to put contract details in here, be sure that you have spoken to the named addressee and ask if they wouldn’t mind being a referee, that way they will be prepared for a call.

Final Points for checking

Try to keep your CV to a couple of pages and always present it on clean crisp paper or if asked too email a copy and be sure to act as quickly as possible.

“Snooze you lose” be the first to the post, but be sure you are accurate and professional, but always be prepared to act.

  1. Check for typos

We can’t stress this enough. Poor spelling is a pet hate of most recruiters. Make sure you spell check each time you amend the documents and also ask a friend to proof the final version of your CV. Also, avoid Americanisms; you’re not writing a resume, it’s a CV.

  1. Read the job description

It’s very easy to get blown away by an impressive sounding job title or an exciting salary and benefits package, but before you spend too much time on applying for ‘that dream job,’ make sure you know all the role’s requirements.  If you’re happy it’s suitable, use those requirements to mould your CV and show you’re a good fit for the role.

  1. Tailor your CV for the role

Avoid falling into the one CV fits all category. Instead target the document for the role you’re going for. Do some research so you understand what employers are looking for and apply this knowledge to make sure you get to interview.

  1. Use specific keywords

As more and more recruiters use job sites to search for candidates based on specific keywords, it’s important to try and include the terms which describe you and relate to the kinds of position you’re looking for in your CV.

  1. Apply pro-active descriptions

When describing previous experience and responsibilities, it’s a good idea to use the STAR model as a useful way of communicating key points clearly and concisely within the job details section of your CV.  Once you’ve identified the ‘situation’, ‘task’, ‘action’ and ‘result’, formulate this into a short key point, making sure to include how you achieved the result, and how your actions addressed the initial situation and task.