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CV writing

Hints & tips for writing a CV

Helen Watts

on 4 October 2012

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by Helen Watts Writing a CV CV stands for Curriculum Vitae which is Latin for 'path of life' What is a CV? Your CV will be broken down into these sections:
Contact details
A personal profile
Your education and training
Work experience
Hobbies and interests
References What should I include in my CV? Your age
Your date of birth
Your religion
Your relationship status
Whether or not you have children You are not required
to include: why do I need one? A CV is a way of showing your skills, experience and knowledge to potential employers
It is a means of giving information quickly and simply to show your suitability for a particular job You should provide your name,
address, a contact telephone
number and email address.

Ensure that your email address
is something sensible;
boozybarbara@hotmail.com might not
make the best impression! Your contact details This is a short statement at the beginning of your CV to sell yourself and should highlight your skills, experiences and personal qualities.

What do you do best?
What are you good at? Personal Profile Ensure your personal statement fits the requirements of the job you are applying for to make it clear to the employer that you are the right person for the job You could include positive words such as 'hard-working', 'competent' or 'enthusiastic'. These should be included in reverse chronological order,
starting with the most recent first. List the time you have spent at high school, college
or a training provider.
You should provide the name of the establishment,
what you did there and any qualifications you obtained
whilst studying. The more recent the qualification, the more relevant it is.
If you have a degree you do not need to include all your
A level grades unless they are a selling point.
Likewise if you are a graduate you don’t need to state the
grade you achieved.
So, if you only got a 3rd, don’t mention the grade. Education and Training However...only include what
is necessary and relevant List any relevant work experience that you have undertaken.
This can include voluntary work, part time or weekend jobs. Your work experience Like your qualifications, these should be listed
starting with the most recent first. Identify your job role and your main duties or
What skills and qualities did you need to use or do
you now have as a result of doing this job? e.g.
September 2011-October 2012
I undertook a variety of jobs in the service industry, working as a waitress and also as a bar worker in a busy restaurant If you have had a few short term or temporary jobs doing a similar thing, you may want to package these together in a short statement If there is a period in your life when you have been out of work
or education, look at what else you have been doing in this time and
turn it into a positive. Never leave work experience gaps in your CV! e.g.
June 2009- May 2010: Took a year out to travel
around Europe and learn basic French and Spanish.
Never say you have been doing nothing.

Even if all you've been doing is watching Jeremy Kyle all day, every day, drinking tea, say something like: "Researching contemporary attitudes to social ethics"..... you need to sell yourself. Companies like to know what you enjoy in your spare time especially any sports or creative activities. It shows a company your hidden talents e.g. “I play football for a local team.” Or “I like to design and make costumes for plays in my spare time.” Hobbies and interests Explain what skills and qualities you have gained as a result of your hobbies and interests e.g 'Being a regular baker means I am able to follow instructions well'. 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 or tutor.

If you haven’t worked or been in education or training 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. References You should:
Type your CV if possible
Keep the CV brief - no more than 2 sides of A4
Make sure your headings stand out on the page and are clear and simple
Keep information to the point and relevant
Be positive - it should highlight your achievements, strengths and successes
Keep the layout uncluttered - use bullet point lists
to present information Hints and Tips for CV writing Include long, winded, unnecessary information
Provide an unprofessional email address - it does not take long to set up a new account with an appropriate user name
Use humour or sarcasm - you do not know who will be reading your CV
Lie - this is fraudulent and you will eventually be found out
Rely on spell check. Always proofread your work to check for errors Do not: Write down one thing you already know about CVs and one thing you you would like to know CVs Your tutor will give you a set of cards.
Which of these should you include in your CV and which are not required?

Sort them into 2 groups.

You have 5 minutes Activity 1 Look at the CV you will be given.
Can you spot the errors? Activity 2 Extension activity Swap CVs with someone else in your group. Would you select this person for an interview? Why? Why not?
Use the template to start to create your own CV Answers http://moodle2.reidkerr.ac.uk/kist/edriver/cv/cv.html Look back at the one thing you wanted to learn about CVs today.
Discuss each one with your group.

Can you now answer these? Finally... Activity 3
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