In the pursuit of any career or role change, the CV is your most effective weapon.
All CVs act as a resume of skills, experience and relevance to the position in question, but not all CVs have the ability to engage the reader and really sell the benefits of a candidate's abilities. Often, CVs are let down by some fairly simple errors, so here are a few tips on writing the perfect resume:
Your CV needs to do three things:
CVs should always be concise, direct and detailed remember it is your personal marketing document, and an essential way to get your foot through the door.
A CV is also a contact mechanism, so don't forget to include the following information:
One of the most important aspects of a CV, the profile is your opportunity to really sell yourself to a prospective employer. Use this section to highlight any specific qualities and abilities that you might have, along with any information that you think might make you more attractive and suitable for the role that you wish to pursue. Keep it short and sharp.
Start with the most recent and work backwards. Remember to include all your qualifications, with grades and dates. If you have a lot of work experience, the education section doesn't need to be quite so detailed - for example, simply state how many GCSEs you have rather than list all the subjects and grades.
List all your professional qualifications and relevant courses you have attended. It's also a good idea to state your knowledge of IT systems, as well as any foreign languages you speak and your level of fluency.
Start with your current or most recent job. State the name of the company and the nature of its business. Include your job title and concisely describe your responsibilities, duties and main achievements. If you have extensive experience, keep your earlier jobs brief - it's your most recent role the interviewer will be most interested in.
If you've taken time out - for example to travel, or to bring up children include this. Interviewers don't like to see gaps. If you've temped for a long time, or have changed jobs frequently, you should explain why.
Interests & hobbies
These tell an interviewer a bit more about your personality, and about how you as a person might fit into their company culture, so they are important to include.
References or referees
References are an essential part of the evaluation process. You can either provide the details of referees or choose to say: 'References available on request'.
Tailoring your CV for each interview
If you can clearly show a match between your skills and experience and the employer's needs, your chances of securing an interview will be greatly improved. Ask yourself: