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How  to  write  a  CV  that  gets  you  noticed?     There  are  a  huge  range  of  different  resources  available  to  assist  with  the  writing   of  a  high  quality  CV.  We  have  researched  this  topic  in  some  detail  and  have   identified  some  useful  tips  and  information  which  can  make  your  CV  far  more   appealing.     Here  we  will  discuss  some  of  the  questions  which  are  asked  around  the   production  of  a  CV  including,  are  there  rules  to  the  construction  of  the  perfect   CV,  how  long  should  it  be,  and  should  I  include  internships  and  college  jobs  etc.     In  addition  there  are  a  wide  range  of  different  books,  software  packages  and  also   CV  writing  companies  which  may  be  able  to  assist.       First  off  we  will  start  with  the  basics:     What  is  a  CV?     A  curriculum  vitae  (“CV”)  or  resume  is  your  marketing  tool  to  formally  introduce   yourself  to  prospective  employers.  In  many  ways  you  need  to  consider  this  your   pitch  document  to  potential  employers,  a  CV  is  a  sales  document.  As  part  of  the   CV  you  need  to  outline  your  experience,  knowledge  and  achievements.  The  main   purpose  of  the  production  of  a  CV  is  to  get  you  to  an  interview  with  a  potential   employer.     Basic  template  and  getting  started     It  is  recommended  that  you  structure  the  CV  so  that  it  is  black  and  white,  on   single  side  paper  (if  you  are  printing  it  out).  This  way  it  is  easy  to  read,  easy  to   copy  when  required.     Some  individuals  that  we  see  like  to  send  through  coloured  documents,  we  do   not  recommend  this.  Think  of  it  this  way,  a  CV  is  an  extremely  formal  document,   and  there  is  a  standard  which  has  been  set.     It  is  important  to  include  a  summary  at  the  top  of  the  CV,  recruiters  and  potential   employers  will  definitely  be  looking  at  lots  of  CVs  in  relation  to  any  employment   position  so  you  need  to  make  sure  that  your  key  skills  and  experience  is  picked   up  straight  away  as  opposed  to  being  buried  somewhere  on  the  fifth  page  of  the   document!     It  is  recommended  to  construct  the  CV  in  MS  Word,  with  a  standard  font  such  as   Times  New  Roman  or  Arial.  This  way  there  should  be  less  formatting  issues,  and   also  if  your  recruitment  company  wish  to  change  the  document  then  they  will   normally  have  access  to  MS  Word.    


It is  not  strictly  necessary  to  include  date  of  birth,  marital  status,  number  of   children  etc.  This  information  will  normally  be  required  as  part  of  the  formal   application  process.       Mission  statement     This  is  your  opportunity  to  pitch  yourself.  Provide  a  high  level  overview  of  your   features  and  benefits!  This  needs  to  be  short,  to  the  point  and  snappy.  For   example,  “Corporate  Broker  specialising  in  Small  Cap  Broking,  seeking  to  Join   AIM  Specialists”,  or  something  along  these  lines.  You  need  to  target  this  for  each   opportunity  so  that  it  is  relevant  and  captures  the  imagination.     Skills  Overview   An  overview  of  your  skill  set  is  extremely  useful  for  both  a  recruitment  company   and  also  a  potential  employer.  Employers  and  recruiters  will  have  usually  have  a   number  of  key  competencies  which  they  are  looking  for,  and  the  skills  area   enables  you  to  outline  these.     Break  down  your  skills  into  subsectors  as  well,  so  if  your  previous  experience   has  involved  a  range  of  different  activities  try  to  categorise  them.     It  is  important  that  you  list  a  number  of  skills,  as  this  will  help  your  CV  to  get   picked  up  when  recruiters  are  searching  for  target  employees,  both  in  their   internal  and  also  external  databases  (job  boards  etc).     Career  History   Put  your  most  recent  job  first.  Work  through  the  title  of  the  job,  length  of  time   employed  and  the  company  name.    Explain  what  the  company  does  and  your  role   within  the  company  in  a  succinct  and  focused  fashion.  Also  include  any  key   successes  or  achievements.       Try  and  look  at  your  time  with  your  employers  from  their  perspective,  both  in  a   corporate  and  management  sense.  You  need  to  demonstrate  that  you  have   character  and  personality,  but  that  you  are  ambitious  and  a  high  performer.     Do  not  explain  why  you  left  jobs.       Fill  in  any  gaps,  for  example,  a  year  out  to  go  travelling.     Go  into  the  most  detail  with  the  most  recent  jobs.  Use  less  space  for  jobs  for   historical  jobs.     Use  positive  statistics  and  detail  where  available,  i.e.  120%  of  target  at  the  end  of   the  12/13  year.     Training   List  any  training  and  professional  qualifications  which  you  have  received.    


Education List  education  in  reverse  chronological  order,  most  recent  first.  Include   qualifications  achieve.  Going  into  specific  detail  will  matter  less  when  you  have   been  employed  for  a  number  of  years,  so  you  may  want  to  say  10  A-­‐C  GCSEs  or   similar.     Do  not  mention  any  negative  information,  so  if  you  started  a  course  but  failed  or   didn’t  complete  it,  do  not  mention  this.     Hobbies   If  you  have  a  hobby  that  you  want  to  list  on  your  CV  it  can  demonstrate   personality.  However,  the  standard  swimming  or  going  to  the  gym  will  not  set   you  apart.  Also,  it  is  probably  not  wise  to  include  going  out  and  getting  wasted  on   a  Friday  as  a  hobby!  Voluntary  work  and  charity  work  are  always  good  to   mention  here.     References   We  always  recommend  include  the  line  “References  are  available  upon  request”.   This  gives  you  the  opportunity  to  identify  suitable  references  for  a  particular  role   or  company.     Covering  letters   The  covering  letter  is  as  important  as  the  CV  itself.  This  is  your  chance  to   introduce  yourself  in  a  professional  capacity.       Introduce  yourself,  explain  why  you  are  applying  for  the  job,  if  it’s  in  response  to   an  advert,  mention  the  where  you  saw  the  advert.     Then  the  pitch  starts.  Provide  a  high  level  summary  of  your  skills  and  what   knowledge,  expertise  and  benefits  you  will  bring  to  the  company.    Research  the   company,  and  identify  how  you  can  help  them  to  add  value.  Discuss  specific   detail  (if  you  have  any)  on  their  product  or  service,  or  if  not  the  market  sector  in   which  they  operate.     Make  sure  that  the  letters  are  personalised  where  they  can  be,  and  if  possible   address  them  to  an  individual.  Mass  mailing  covering  letters  gets  you  noticed,   but  for  the  wrong  reasons.     Prior  to  sending   Print  off  the  CV  and  read  it  on  a  printed  page.   Spell  check.   Get  feedback  from  friends,  colleagues  and  family.   Ask  recruitment  companies  for  their  input,  “is  there  anything  that  I  should   change”.   Make  sure  that  your  CV  shows  you  in  a  very  positive  light,  highlighting  key  skills,   successes  and  also  gives  a  sense  of  your  work  ethic  and  determination.    


Creating a  CV  that  gets  you  noticed  does  take  effort,  but  the  returns  can  be   extremely  worthwhile!     Written  by  Matt  Lenzie,  Matt  is  a  Director  of  Platinum  Recruit,  the  specialist   broker  recruitment  business  based  in  the  City  of  London.  Contact  Matt  directly   for  further  details,  email:  matt@platinum-­‐recruit.co.uk      

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