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How to write a CV

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chris jackman

on 8 September 2015

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Transcript of How to write a CV

What makes a good CV
There are many important points to include when creating a good CV but, remember to include information which relates to the job you are applying for.....
what is curriculum vitae (CV) ?
Curriculum vitae is a written document which outlines a person’s education and professional history, it is usually created when applying for a job. Curriculum vitae is also known as resume.

This is a marketing document that allows you to sell yourself, your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers. It is important to read information carefully before applying for a job, not all require curriculum vitae and use application forms instead.
How to write a Curriculum vitae
This presentation will help you to write and grasp why and how curriculum vitae (CV) are used. We will look at how to structure a good CV in order for you to advertise your skills and knowledge to employers.
Step 1: Personal Information
You need to include your name and address; your date of birth should not be included. Contact details such as email and telephone numbers are important because most employers contact applicants through these channels. In some countries you have to include a passport size photo but in the United Kingdom this is not necessary. Make sure you double check your details carefully.
Step 3: Education and qualifications
You should include all your education and qualification details here, remember that your most recent qualification gained comes first.

Make sure you relate it to the job you are applying for by
including course modules
and include skills gained.
Step 4: Work experience
Action Words
: make sure you use action words that describe what you have developed in your experience. This gives the employer a positive impression, use words like planned and sold.
Include all experience even though it might not relate to the job you are applying for there should be some skills gained for instance, personal skills.

Relate experiences to the job you have applied for, when you look at the job title you will understand what kind of skills are required.
Step 5: Interests and achievement
For this part it is important that you include all your interests and hobbies in detail. If possible also explain the reasons why you find it interesting, for example if you enjoy reading, do you enjoy reading any particular newspapers, books, or magazines and include the reasons why.
Step 6 :Skills
Transferable and job-related skills are the most desirable to include in your CV. Be sure to include the ones that will help you stand out.

Being creative
Problem solving
Flexibility (available to work extra hours)
Computer skills
Positive attitude
References come in two forms if you have worked before, a professional reference is usually used (this is written by your past employer or manager) , if you have not worked you are able to give a personal reference (this can be done by a close friend or teacher). References are used so that employers know what kind of person you are in the eyes of someone else.
Step 7: References
It is not necessary to note details of your referee but mention that it is available on request.
Template for your CV
Step 1: Personal information
Step 2 : Personal profile
A personal profile is a paragraph at the beginning of your CV containing a short summary about yourself and your future career plans. It is formally written to catch the employers attention so that they can read your CV fully and hopefully invite you for an interview.
follow these general rules
make sure its targeted at a specific job or career area
clearly laid out in order
informative but brief
no spelling or grammar errors - check for mistakes!
No more then two pages of A4
Easy and clear to read
Font = size 12

Your CV document should look like this
1. Introduction
2. What is a curriculum vitae?
3. Step by step guide on what makes a good CV
5. Create your own CV
Points common in a bad CV
Boring introduction
Applying for a job that does not match your skills or experience
Irrelevant personal information
Not including important information
Spelling errors and poor grammar
Gaps in employment
Lying or misleading information
More than two pages
Badly formatted CV

4. Common points seen in bad CVs
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