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Writing a great CV Your CV is designed to get you to interview so you have to make it work hard for you – and you have to put in the effort to get it right. Without resorting to quirky methods, you have to make your CV stand out from the crowd. And whatever you do, check your CV for spelling

and grammar – a simple error could result in your CV ending up in the bin, no matter how good you are. Follow our top 10 tips to help you produce an outstanding CV.

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Before you begin The easiest way to write a CV is to have all the information at your fingertips. Update your CV and list of skills and experience frequently. Keep copies of your old CVs so that you can refer back to them if you need to. Make sure that any social media you use such as LinkedIn and Facebook does you justice. It’s likely that an employer will dig a bit deeper and look online to find out more about you. Make sure your LinkedIn account reflects the information on your CV and build up the number of people who recommend you. Be honest when writing your CV. It’s almost certain that you will get found out if you have exaggerated or not told the truth.

2 What does a

successful CV look like? The most important thing is to be clear. Make sure your CV is easy to read, concise and to the point. As a rule you should: • Use Microsoft Word • Use a standard fonts such as Arial • Stick to two A4 pages • Prioritise information • Use bullet points – they are an excellent way to focus the reader’s attention • Never use jargon or abbreviations as they can look unprofessional • Use section headings.

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Getting started Write down all the headings that you are going to cover in your CV. Once you have done this you can start to fill out each section, pulling relevant information from your old CVs and from your list of skills and experience.

4 Keeping it

relevant

Each job description requires a slightly different set of skills so you should tweak your CV to match. Respond to the job description, tailoring your skills and experience to show why you are the best person for the job. Take out anything that isn’t relevant.

Recommended headings are: • Contact details • Personal statement • Previous employment • Education • Hobbies and interests • References

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Contact details 6 Previous and personal employment statement

• Bullet point your employment history, starting with the latest first • Include correct dates of employment and be prepared to talk through your work experience. You need to know your CV inside out

Double check that your information is 100% accurate.

• Keep your bullet points short, around fifteen words each, and use ‘actions’ such as managed, implemented, achieved

At the top of each page include:

You may also like to include:

• Name and surname

• LinkedIn profile

• Use your list of skills and experience to showcase why you are the best person for the job

• Address

• Photograph

• Contact phone number

• Date of birth

• Cover any gaps in your employment and be very clear about what you did during these periods. If you went travelling, studied or were unemployed be honest as it’s likely that you’ll be asked for details.

• Email address Usually, your CV should include a short personal statement that is about three lines long. It should give a brief introduction to you and your skills, particularly those which are relevant to the role.

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Education This section doesn’t need to be very long; it just needs to give an overview of your qualifications. Use bullet points and list your education in reverse order (most recent first) giving dates, institutions and qualifications.

8 Hobbies and

interests

Keep this section short and as interesting as possible. Your hobbies could make you stand out from the other applicants eg playing a sport can show you are a good team player or a leader, charity work shows that you go the extra mile. It’s a good opportunity to help an employer decide whether you will fit in with the people you may be joining.

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References Two referees are standard and one of these should be your previous or current employer. You don’t have to include references, but if you do, make sure the contact details are up to date. Alternatively you can mark this section as ‘available on request’ but make sure you have referees available and willing to represent you.

10 Next steps Get somebody to proof read and double check your CV – you don’t want simple mistakes to let you down. Write a covering letter which supports your CV and helps you stand out from the competition. It shouldn’t duplicate your CV but should give the employer an idea of your work ethic and personality. Highlight your skills and interests making sure they are relevant to the position. It’s also a good idea to confirm your interest in the company and the reason you want to work there.

This guide is intended for general information purposes only. myfuturerole.com and Adecco Group UK & Ireland accept no liability for the accuracy of the contents or any opinions expressed herein.

© Adecco Group UK & Ireland November 2012.

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