Writing A CV

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 - CV Writing

Writing a CV

Apart from using our own Professional CV Writing Service, which guarantees you a job interview in 30days or less, here is the world’s quickest, easiest and fastest way to writing a CV

If you want more information on this subject, and want to write something that is improved on this basic outline, then add in the steps in the article Writing A Good CV.

What is a CV?

A CV is a short list of facts about you and your work history, skills, qualifications and experiences. A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right so it sells you to an employer.

Writing a CV UK

  1. Time line: the first thing that you need is a time line of all the jobs and positions that you have fulfilled. Take a sheet of A4 paper, and divide it horizontally into nine columns. Label those columns (left to right): Company; Title; Dates; Skills; Qualifications; Experiences; Results; Good; Bad
  2. Facts, what employers want, what you want: the first three columns cover the facts of employment: who and where. Employers employ on two issues: competencies and results. The next three columns focus on competencies, the fourth column on results. The final two columns are about you: what did you like/was good about that job; what did you dislike/what was bad about that job. While your CV will be written around columns 4 to 7, unless you take into account the last two columns in the jobs that you apply for, you will create or continue a pattern of continual job rotation
  3. Filling in the time line: now from leaving school at 16 through to the current day, sketch out the list of the jobs and positions (data to be collected for the first three columns). You are bound to get this wrong at first, so either use a separate sheet of paper or a pencil. If you don’t have much work experience, include temporary, holiday, part-time or voluntary jobs too. If you’ve had many different jobs, emphasise the skills and experience you have across those jobs (for example, dealing with customers or communication skills).
  4. Creating the employability meat: once you have a time line, go back and fill-in the next four columns. What were the skills, qualifications and experiences that you gained, and what results (money, market share, new products/services, cost savings, etc) did you create in that job?
  5. Writing your CV: go to your favourite jobs board, and pick 10 current vacancies and print them out.  Use this as your guide to writing out each of your past jobs. What you want to do is end up with two elements: a three/five line worded STAR paragraph that defines the job; 5/8 bullets high lighting the key competencies and results.
  6. Creating a Personal Statement: This is a short statement at the beginning of your CV to sell yourself, to show your skills, experience and personal qualities. There are many ways to create a personal statement, but the most effective that we have found is the form: I am (job/market and what I solve); I do/deliver (Competencies/SQE plus Results); I seek (your job) Tailor the statement to the requirements of each job that you apply for. If the job you’re applying for is different from what you’ve done in the past, explain why you’re interested in the new type of work. Make it clear to the employer that you’re the right person for the job.
  7. Putting it all into a document: Effective CV’s are about two things: words and presentation. You have done step1, now for step2. Use a CV Layout with a font that is easy to read/scan (Ariel or Times New Roman are ideal), and a minimum font scale at 11points or above
  8. Personal Statement at the top: Mention things you did well in your past jobs which could be relevant to the job you’re applying for.
  9. Reverse Chronology employment history: Put your most recent job first and include dates. Employers will be more interested in what you have done recently. Emphasise the skills and experience you have gained across those jobs (for example, skills in dealing with customers or communication skills).
  10. Headers & Footers: add your name, address and telephone number/email address to the top and bottom of each page
  11. Qualifications: include a list of qualifications on Page2
  12. Training: below your Qualifications, add a list of relevant to that job application training
  13. CV Interests: can support your job application if your hobbies and leisure activities highlight responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Perhaps you belong to a club or a society which you organise activities for, or you use leadership skills or teamwork.

Before you submit your CV

A couple of checks before you submit your CV:

  • Check – musts haves: name, address, contact details (phone and eMail address), job being applied for
  • Check – not required: due to various pieces of legislation, there is now no need to include your date of birth, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status
  • References: It’s good to have two or more people who can provide a work or personal reference. Ideally, one should be your most recent employer. If you haven’t worked for a while it could be someone who has known you for a long time. It should be someone who can comment on your qualities in relation to the job. You should ask the person to agree to this beforehand.

How to use your CV

Send your CV with a covering letter or email asking companies if they have any current or future vacancies. Use your CV to help you remember all the dates and information you need each time you need to fill in an application form. When applying for jobs by phone it can help if you are asked to give more information about previous jobs. Having your CV with you while you’re waiting to be called in to an interview can help refresh your memory. You can also leave a copy with the interviewer if they do not already have one. Recruitment agencies may sometimes ask to see your CV before you can register with them.

Good Luck!


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