Writing the perfect CV

An effective CV will be a selling point of your most relevant skills and experiences, whilst telling a prospective employer why you are right for their business.

Structure:
1. Personal Statement
• In this first section of your CV you need to demonstrate to the prospective employer that you understand what the employer is looking for. In a short paragraph you should summarise your skills and experience to give them a snapshot of your abilities
• By introducing yourself with a strong statement which summaries your personal and professional development whilst considering the role you are applying for.
• Keep this statement simple and to the point.

2. Education and Qualifications
• List your qualifications and in particular highlight industry specific qualifications which will interest the prospective employer
• Include information about degrees giving the specific details of the subject, awarding body and year. Be honest as it may be checked
• Mention relevant skills such as languages, technology, vocational or on the job training
• Include relevant training or skills acquired while unemployed, on sabbatical, or doing part-time or voluntary work to expose all your skills.

3. Work Experience
• Start with your most recent position and work backwards
• Include all details including, job title, start and finish dates, company name and bullet point the details of your job description
• List all relevant opportunities, achievements and skills
• Explain any significant gaps in your career, listing any transferable skills which you may have acquired.

Key Words:
• Flexibility
• Management
• Communication skills
• Computer Skills
• Team work
• Initiative
• Adaptable
• Honest
• Hardworking
• Reliable
• Directed
• Identified
• Directed
• Achieved.

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