How to pull together a First Class CV
If compiled correctly, your CV can concisely highlight your talent, worth and potential to a future employer. By the same token, if you have a poorly constructed or poorly written CV, it can lead to a potential employer disregarding you before he / she has even had the opportunity to meet you in person! So you really need to make it count.
Here, we give you the essential tips of writing a killer CV.
- Keep it concise – make every word count
- Stick to the truth, you will inevitably be found out if you lie to get a job and there will be consequences
- Make your CV is inviting to the reader. Employers receive a significant number of application forms and CV’s for each job advertised. Going through them is tedious so make yours interesting to stand out
- Remember, a CV is more than just a summary of your qualifications and experiences to date. It is your very own PR representative.
CV’s need to include the following sections, and the following order is the most common format:
1- Personal Details
2- Educational Details, including your qualifications
3- Any other, relevant Qualifications
4- Work History – which should be focused around responsibilities and key achievements
5- Any other, relevant skills
6- Details of References
Showcase your abilities with concrete examples, and minimise your weaknesses.
Example 1 – Drawing out your abilities
Original line in CV –
‘Recruitment and day to day management of junior staff’
Amended line in CV to draw out abilities –
‘Management of a designated group of staff, including:
- Twice daily staff briefings
- Daily target settings
- Continuous encouragement to achieve
- Ensuring a high level of customer care, including complaint resolution
- Effectively managing conflict
- Carrying out the entire recruitment process for all junior members of staff
- Ensuring all training requirements for the staff were met
And under the ‘Achievements’ heading for the role above:
- Successfully recruiting several members of staff for all departments and fulfilling all their training requirements
From this you can see how expanding on the initial very minimal and basic statement makes your CV much more attractive.
Example 2 – Minimising your weaknesses
Imagine your original CV had these qualifications listed:
GCSE results obtained:
- Double English – CC
- Mathematics – D
- Double Science – DD
- French – E
- Music – C
- History – D
- Religious Education – E
- Home Economics - B
You could minimise the negativity of these grades by stating simply
‘10 GCSE's with grades from B – E, including English Literature and Language, Mathematics and Biology, Chemistry and Physics’.
You can see how this shows that you have a wide range of GCSE subjects and disguises the fact that the grades of the core subjects are not great.
So follow the basic rules above, and you will produce a more coherently structured first class CV that will sell yourself to a future employer! Keep on top of any changes in circumstances, making changes as they happen or as you remember will save shed loads of time in the future.