CV Writing - How to Write a CV

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A perfect CV layout has 2 objectives: To illustrate yourstrengths and maximise your chances of getting through tointerview and to put factual information, such as dates, places,names together in a presentable and readable form.

Focal Point It is claimed that the human eyes arenaturally drawn to a focal point one third down from the top ofthe page. Therefore, put your most useful information in thisarea. It might be your Profile, Key Skills, ProfessionalQualifications or details of your most recent employment. Youcan choose whichever you think is most important and relevant toyour application. Always get a second opinion when you have putyour CV together. It is difficult to be objective about oneself.

Presentation It is often thought that a good CV shouldbe fitted on to one side of A4 and a professional CV over two.This can be difficult if you are a mature applicant with a longemployment history. If you need to go on to a second page makesure that the CV is spread out over 2 whole pages, not one and ahalf pages as this looks messy.

As a 'rule of thumb' there should be more white than black on apage to make it easier to read.

Always write a rough draft first. It can be as long as you likeas you will edit it later. Always start with your Career Historyas this will highlight your Key Skills and help you write yourProfile.

Once you have compiled your draft copy you must edit it 1. Take out anything that will not help you get where you wantto be 2. Write in the 'third' person as much as possible keeping'I' to a minimum

3. Never use the past tense e.g. use "supporting seniormanagement" rather than "supported senior management"

4. Use short sharp sentences cutting out any waffle and jargon

Headings Name Print your name in bold type at thecentre top of your CV. If there is any doubt as to which is yoursurname, e.g. James Martin, indicate by using capitals orunderlining. Address Top left of CV. Full address including postcode. Telephone Top Right of CV. Full dialing code and daytimeand evening numbers if possible. Date of birth Put in full suchas 13th December 1962. Do not put your age. Bearing in mind thatyou will be close to the Focal Point now, this might need to goat the end of the CV under 'Personal' along with other detailssuch as marital status and children. Marital status You do nothave to include this at all. If you choose to, make sure you useonly "married" or "single". Do not use divorced or co-habiting.Put at the end of the CV under 'Personal'. Children Its up toyou whether you include this information or not but if youinclude it put it at the end of the CV under

'Personal' Profile This is an introductory statement about whoyou are and what you have to offer. You should complete thislast although it is positioned prominently in the CV, possiblyin the Focal Point. It should be no more than two sentences andinclude the most important facts about yourself. You can includeskills, achievements, responsibility or personal qualities. e.g.Highly motivated Account Manager with successful direct andtelesales experience in hardware and software industries. KeySkills Several Key skills should be highlighted after you haveanalysed and edited your employment history. Pick out no morethan six. Make sure they are relevant. Do not include dates. Akey skill can come from an earlier job or an outside interest.If you are short on direct experience and qualifications you mayhave skills arising from your personality, i.e. Interpersonalskills, e.g. "the ability to relate and communicate withothers". Some examples of descriptive words to use in key skillsare: Administering Implementing Budgeting Leading ReorganisingForecasting Advising

Employment History Always start with your most recentemployment. Break down your job functions as much as possible.The job description on your contract might provide a startingpoint or, consider how your employer might advertise your job.You should have more to say about your most recent, andtherefore most relevant, employment. Include successes andachievements especially if it saved the company money. Don'thave any employment gaps. If these occur explain them briefly.

Qualifications If you are a mature applicant you canleave these out as career history is more important. Put thehighest qualification first with year achieved. If you have adegree you can leave out the lower qualifications altogether orinclude the basic information. Do not include poor grades orfailures. Professional qualifications Only include those thatare still current. Training Only include training that isrelevant to the position for which you are applying.

Interests Only include interests that are unusual orwhich indicate transferable skills, achievements orresponsibilities. Reasons For Applying This finishes the CV offwith a concluding statement and puts the application intocontext. Don't imply you are out to gain advantage to yourselfsuch as "I would like to join the company to gain additionalexperience". Instead, concentrate on what you have to offer, "myexperience at......would be useful to the companybecause............."

Finally Your CV should be available soft copy or on goodquality plain white A4 paper. Do not use double sides. Only foldonce and enclose an SAE

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