Having a good C.V. can dramatically boost your chances of getting a job.
If you haven't got a C.V. and don't know where to start or if you just need your C.V. "tweeking" a little or bringing up to date, please come along to Job Club. Our volunteers will go through everything with you but please remember to bring along all your certificates of achievement and details of past jobs, referees, etc. You can have a go yourself using the template below. It is a very good idea to save your C.V. to a memory stick, so that we can make adjustments as necessary or email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org ready for when you come to the next Job Club session.
DATA PROTECTION Please note that: We comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and will ensure we only keep and use your details with your permission. C.V. details are stored on a Job Club memory stick which is locked away after the session and only for use by the Job Club Supervisor. At no time are personal details stored on the hard drive of laptops or desktops used within Job Club.
Address, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 XXX
Sales Assistant 2007 – to date
TCS Total Garage, Gillingham
Sales Assistant 2004 - 2007
Smiths the Bakers, Gillingham
Sales Assistant 2002 – 2004
Broad Robin Stores, Gillingham
Prior to 2002 and while a parent worked evenings as a barmaid
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Training as Assistant Cub Leader 2010
NVQ,Customer Services 2010
First Aid Certificate (British Red Cross) 2010
Food Safety & Catering Award (Level 2) 2008
NVQ, early years childcare 2005
Secretarial Course A+, School
OTHER INTERESTS –only include interests relevant to the job.
Enjoy interacting with people of all ages and have joined the Gillingham Town Youth Football Club to add to my experience as Assistant Cub Leader.
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
WRITING YOUR CV
WRITING YOUR CV
4U Graham Smith BSC, Diploma in Careers Guidance
CV Tips and Pointers
When writing or refreshing your CV the following points are to assist you present you qualifications and experience in the best possible light. The highly competitive job market means that applicants failing to present themselves well can be filtered out at the first stage of making a job application simply because of the presentation of the CV.
There is no single best way of producing a CV. The model you use should reflect the nature of the type of employment you are seeking and how you feel you can best present your work and qualifications experiences.
For help with selecting the type of CV you will use refer to publications such as ‘Brilliant CV’, there are many on the market and, or web sites of which once again there are many.
Job seekers will usually have several CVs.Ccontent will vary according to the nature of the work being applied for. Always ensure when applying for a specific job as opposed to canvassing the possibility of there being a job in a place of work, that there is a clear match between the ‘job profile’ and the skills/qualifications/experience included in the CV.
1. Keep the CV to 2 sides of A4. Don’t cram more in by making the text smaller. Dense text using a small font doesn’t encourage the reader to give it more than a cursory glance.
2. Regard the CV as your shop window, it should have a good visual impact, be clear and easy. Use the available space wisely focusing on the key important points of experience. For the reader to identify the key points they will be seeking highlight key words and be neat and tidy.
3. Have a personal pen picture or ‘Personal Profile’ (between 5 and 7 lines is a good average) that presents a profile of you and the key strengths you wish to draw attention to.
4. The language, should be focused and use examples. AVOID ‘I am a committed employee and always do my best’ , (you are hardly likely to say you are a poor employee and there is no indication of whether your best is going to be anywhere near good enough) - ‘I manage a team of ? people – set and monitor key performance measures based on the teams objectives against the business plan. My team has a ?% success rate in meeting its quarterly corporate targets over a three year period’. This gives the reader some idea of how the applicant performs
5. In larger organisations/agencies the CV may be scanned into a database and searched by key word. If the key words are missing then it may not surface in a database search and your CV won’t make it to the next stage.
6. Check job details for the key words describing skills; attributes; experience the employer is seeking and ensure that you include these in the CV.
7. In the employment history section start with your current, most recent job role. Give greater detail to recent work experience rather that gained some time ago.
8. Remember to include skills and competences achieved in the workplace which didn’t necessarily have a qualification linked to them – ability to use e.g. specific software or equipment and to what level/skill. If you hold a high level of skill in a relevant area – say so by defining the level of work/skill you hold e.g. ‘I train experienced staff on company ICT systems…..……
9. If you are applying for a specific job then write a formal letter of application that states the title of the job and draw attention to the specific skills that you would bring to the job. Don’t assume that the employer will see this in your CV – you can’t assume they will read your CV. As with CVs there are publications and web sites that provide good example of formal letters
© Career4U - Graham Smith June 2013