Writing your CV

“Demonstrate that you know what you want!”

The first thing you need to do is get your CV prepared. You need to work out what is relevant and what is not.

Some of the best things to include in your CV are:

  • Employment history: This should include start dates and end dates for each position, a description of what each role entailed and the reason for leaving each role.
  • Education and Grades: Details of every course and qualification taken and a list of any courses taken independently.
  • References: You should provide at least 2 suitable referees. One being your most recent employer.
  • Communication Skills: Communication skills are hugely important for anyone who has to deal with people on a daily basis.
  • Contact Details: This should include your full address, contact number, email and full name.
  • An openness to change: This means openness to new ideas, new processes, new people and so on.
  • Cultural Experiences: Include any experiences you have had with people from other countries and cultures. Include any languages you speak, time you’ve spent in foreign countries or any experiences with business in other countries.
  • Positivity: It’s difficult to include this but you can do your best by using positive, friendly language and dropping hints of what a happy camper you are in the office.
  • Team Spirit: include any ways that you have helped the team or organised an event on behalf of them.  

Also when writing your CV you need to consider the format, how it is written etc. Here are a few pointers:

  • Keep it simple and to the point. Your CV is not what gets you a job – it’s what gets you an interview. So don’t think that you need to state everything. There are things you want to keep until an interview for discussion.
  • Use well-constructed sentences. Don’t have paragraphs upon paragraphs of information in your CV, this can look cluttered.
  • Check spelling, a spelling mistake can be the nail in a coffin.
  • A CV is not a work of art, it needs to be readable, not pretty. So forget fancy fonts and layouts.
  • You can use bullet points, these are helpful to the reader of your CV, yet add as much relevant detail as possible.
  • Make sure employment history is in chronological order. Your most recent employment should be first as this is the most relevant.

Liaising with your Consultant

When you are speaking with your recruitment consultant you should be completely honest and provide as much information as possible. If anybody needs lots of detail about your requirements it’s going to be us. Remember, we are more likely to be able to recommend you to the employer if we know more about you!

Keep your consultant well-informed and avoid being vague.

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