A CV is very important there for a good CV is vital. This is because your first impression is vital. There is not point having a good interview style if your application won’t get you there.
When writing a new application, preparation is key. This is because each application needs to be targeted towards the role and company for which you are applying for.
To target your application successfully you need to know what your skills, experience and qualifications are as well as what the criteria for the job is and then find the overlap. This will enable you to see if you match the job and have the necessary skills etc required.
Auditing Your Skills (Transferable)
- Think about your key activities & achievements to date
- Break them down into tasks
- Identify the skills you have demonstrated/ achieved through this
- Provide evidence
What is a CV?
A CV is a biographical sketch of the course of one’s life. It is a persuasive sales document selling yourself to an employer. It’s all about you! Therefore it is an opportunity to show an employer why you are an ideal candidate for the job!
Everyone has potential.
A Good CV Will:
- Stand out from the crowd
- Draw attention to your relevant skills, experience, achievements, and potential
- Create such an impression on the employer that they will not be able to turn you down for an interview.
Types of CV Layout
- Personal Details (Name, DOB, Address)
- Personal Profile
- Education & Qualifications (Most Recent First)
- Interests and Hobbies (Past & Present)
- Referees (Contact Details: Name, Position, Company, Address, Phone, Email) x2 (One Academic and One Personal)
- Personal Details
- Personal Profile
- Skills Profile
- Education & Qualifications
Always make sure you send a covering letter with your CV, this will help you to make a good impression. A covering letter should be no longer than one side of A4 and should be word processed unless you have been asked otherwise. You should make specific reference to the company you are applying for. You need to make sure you sell yourself but don’t go over the top!
Planning A Covering Letter
- Opening (About you)
- Role you are interested in and why
- Why you are particularly interested in that company.